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The Caretaker archiveDisturbed 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... The play also celebrates Pinter's 70th birthday.

Cast/Performers

Michael Gambon, Rupert Graves, Douglas Hodge

Creatives/Company

Author: Harold Pinter
Producer: Robert Fox Ltd
Director: Patrick Marber
Design: Rob Howell
Lighting: Hugh Vanstone

The Caretaker

The Caretaker (Play) production archive for QTIX code T02128287923. Details of all The Caretaker archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S2725

Archive Listings

8 Nov 00
to
3 Feb 01
The Harold Pinter Theatre
West End
Greater London
24 Oct 00
to
4 Nov 00
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Guildford
Surrey

UKTW News/Reviews

News:
11Jan01:

User Reviews

Evening Standard (11Jan01): Sir [Michael Gambon], face smeared with too much dirt, hair in whispy, grease-ridden tufts, eyes hooded against intrusive glances, totters on in a nervy shuffle. His tattered clothes look as if stuck to his grimy flesh. [Rob Howell]'s terrific set, with gloomy piles of junk , crumbling walls and roof, perfectly matches the Gambon tramp. Is it imagination you can almost smell him from the the stalls? This cunning old vagrant, who not only looks a gift horse in the mouth but tries to ride it away as well, intends to secure a foothold in this room. And his pathetic campaign inspires The Caretaker's action. Surprisingly, Sir Michael's flamboyant performance, despite its virtuoso comic pleasures, rings untrue. It's taken at far too loud and extravagant a pitch from the start and never lets up, while his accent crisscrosses from Wales to the East End. Yet what a wrenching, dark, dramatic comedy [Patrick Marber] and his actors still make of this vintage [Harold Pinter]

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