The Caretaker


Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker is often cited as the playwright’s first significant success and remains one of his more celebrated and frequently performed plays.

Originally premiered on 27 April 1960 at the Arts Theatre, this modern classic is both a touching and darkly comic study into the psychology of power, innocence and corruption.

Starring Timothy Spall as Davies, Daniel Mays as Aston and George MacKay as Mick, the play found itself on The Old Vic stage for the first time in 2016 and had its first performance on this day during Matthew Warchus’ first season as Artistic Director.

‘Matthew Warchus transforms the writer’s first big hit into a wild comedy of deluded misfits’ The Guardian

As we look ahead to our bicentenary, we’re proud to have the support of both Daniel Mays and George MacKay as OV200 Ambassadors.

‘My experience of working at The Old Vic remains one of my absolute theatre highlights to date. It fuses the history and majesty of the place with exciting, fresh and dynamic productions for a modern day audience. I remember walking out onto the stage for the first time and looking out at the auditorium. Its scale and beauty hit me right between the eyes. ‘Imagine performing Aston’s monologue from The Caretaker in this setting’ I thought? It surpassed all my expectations. The theatre’s capacity to generate intimacy with the audience is quite extraordinary. I relished every performance.’

Daniel Mays

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