The Caretaker

Writer: Harold Pinter
Directed by Michael Cabot
Designed by Geraldine Bunzl
Lighting by Peter Foster
Photography: Sheila Burnett

Nicholas Gadd, Nicholas Gasson, Richard Stemp (April-June 2010).
John Dorney, Nicholas Gasson, Richard Stemp (September-November 2010).

Theatr Brycheiniog Brecon, Torch Theatre Milford Haven, Winchester Theatre Royal, Buxton Opera House, Gala Theatre Durham, Everyman Cork and Norwich Playhouse.

Davies, an ageing down-and-out, is given shelter by the kindly but vulnerable Aston.  He quickly settles in, calmly making himself at home in the squalid, junk-filled room until Mick, Aston’s brother, a far more astute character, arrives.  A battle of wits begins as the brothers seek to manipulate the old man to their respective ends.  But Davies has his own agenda and not everything is as it seems…

A landmark of twentieth century drama, The Caretaker was first performed at The Arts Theatre, London in 1960.  Over forty years on, Pinter’s compelling study of loneliness and power games still has the power to amuse, to shock and to fascinate.

Playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist, Harold Pinter was born on 10 October 1930 in East London.  He wrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, Old Times, The Homecoming and Betrayal.  In 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.  He died on Christmas Eve 2008.

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