The Caretaker starring Timothy Spall at the Old Vic theatre

The Old Vic, London

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Timothy Spall, Daniel Mays and George MacKay star in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at the Old Vic theatre.

Matthew Warchus direct Timothy Spall, Daniel Mays and George MacKay in a new production of Harold Pinter’s groundbreaking classic The Caretaker at the Old Vic theatre.

When it premiered in 1960 Pinter’s psychological study of the confluence of power, allegiance, innocence, and corruption transformed the face of modern theatre.

The Caretaker runs from 29 March 2016 until 14 May 2016 at The Old Vic Theatre.


Disturbed handyman Aston has invited an irascible tramp to stay with him at his brother’s jumbled London flat. At first it seems that the manipulative guest will take advantage of his vulnerable host. But when Aston’s brother Mick arrives, an enigmatic power struggle emerges between the three men that is in equal parts menacing, touching and darkly comic.


Timothy Spall leads the cast as the irascible tramp Davies, alongside Daniel Mays who plays disturbed handyman Aston with George MacKay playing Aston’s brother Mick.

Timothy Spall is one of Britain’s best-loved and most talented character actors. Most recently he has received wide acclaim for his role as J.M.W Turner in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner (2014), for which he won seven international awards, including the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award. Timothy trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA and began his acting career in the theatre, with seasons at Birmingham Rep and the RSC.

Timothy is well known for his role as Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter film series, and his diverse film work includes The King’s Speech, The Damned United, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pierrepoint, All Or Nothing, Lucky Break, Topsy Turvy and his own documentary Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea. He will take on the well beloved character of Fungus the Bogeyman in a new four part series for Sky1 airing this Christmas. TV credits include The Enfield Haunting, Blandings, The Syndicate, The Fattest Man In Britain, Oliver Twist, The Street, Bodily Harm, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Perfect Strangers, Shooting the Past and Our Mutual Friend.


Harold Pinter’s play is to be directed by Matthew Warchus with further creative to be announced.


★★★★ “Pinter given renewed zest by Warchus and Spall” The Guardian
★★★★ Pinter may have written the part but this Davies, so fastidious and at the same time so unkempt, feels like Spall’s work.”
“Mackay is absolutely terrifying, an almost pitch-perfect Pinter psycho.” Time Out
“Daniel Mays…the most affecting moments of the night.” Daily Telegraph

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 14 May 2016

Venue Information

The Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501
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