Theatre Preview: The Caretaker @ Bristol Old Vic

by Polly Hember

Harold Pinter’s twentieth century masterpiece The Caretaker interrogates a universal feeling of wanting to belong in a world and what happens when the lines between what’s real and what’s not becomes increasingly corroded and confused. Director Christopher Haydon presents a brave new production that explores the biting paranoia that undercuts The Caretaker and also resonates sharply with current day political polemics, where the socio-political landscape is constantly shifting and nothing is certain. 

The Caretaker follows the trajectories of three men; the homeless Davies is welcomed into Aston’s derelict flat to escape the dangerous and violent streets. This presents itself as an opportunity to leave the past behind for Davies, but the situation is tense and confused and waving goodbye to the past is not so easy. When the landlord Mick returns, the tension multiplies and the three men clash.

A psychological exploration of allegiance, innocence, corruption and power this difficult play examines communication, isolation and deceit. A collaboration between the Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Demgate, this is set to be a critical success. Book tickets now.

Check out our gallery to see pictures of the rehearsals taking place!

When 9th – 30th September
Where The Bristol Old Vic
Times 7.30pm, 2.30pm (selected Thursday and Saturday matinees)
Prices £7.50 - £31.50

Written by Harold Pinter
Directed by Christopher Haydon
Designed by Oliver Townsend

Patrice Naiambana as Davies
David Judge as Mick
Jonathan Livingstone as Aston


Further Dates

When 10-14 Oct
Where Nuffield Southampton Theatres, NST Campus, University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR
Times 7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat mat)
Prices £27, £22, £17, £10
Book tickets at the Box Office 023 8067 1771 or online


When 17-28 Oct
Where Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
Times 7.45pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat mats)
Prices £10 to £30** 
Book tickets at the Box Office:  01604 624811 or online

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