Daniel Mays and George MacKay are joining Timothy Spall in a revival of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at the Old Vic this spring. The production is being directed by the theatre’s artistic director Matthew Warchus.
When it premiered in 1960, The Caretaker changed the face of modern theatre. Disturbed handyman Aston (Daniel Mays) has invited an irascible tramp (Timothy Spall) to stay with him at his brother’s London flat.
At first it seems that the manipulative guest will take advantage of his vulnerable host. But when Aston’s brother Mick (George MacKay) arrives, an enigmatic power struggle emerges between the three men that is in equal parts menacing, touching and darkly comic.
Timothy Spall, one of Britain’s best-loved and most talented character actors, plays Davies. 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.
His previous theatre credits include A Midsummer Wight’s Dream and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (National Theatre) as well as productions at the RSC including Nicholas Nickleby and Merry Wives of Windsor, both directed by Trevor Nunn.
Daniel Mays, a familiar face from stage and screen, plays Aston. Daniel’s stage credits include The Red Lion (National Theatre), Mojo (West End), The Same Deep Water as Me, Trelawny of the Wells and Moonlight (Donmar Warehouse) M.A.D (Bush) as well as various productions at The Royal Court including Hero, Scarborough, Motortown, The Winterling and Ladybird.
On television he appears as Sgnt Danny Waldron in the upcoming third series of the award winning Line of Duty (BBC 2), and other notable credits include Mrs Biggs (National Television Award Nominee 2013), The Great Fire (ITV) Public Enemies, Common, Ashes to Ashes, The Street, Outcasts (BBC).
George MacKay plays Mick. One of Britain’s most promising young actors, George’s theatre credits include Ah Wilderness (Young Vic) and The Cement Garden (The Vaults). He is best known for his numerous film credits, which include the British film Pride which was directed by Matthew Warchus, How I live Now (Kevin McDonald), Sunshine on Leith (Dexter Fletcher), Bypass (Duane Hopkins) and For Those in Peril (Paul Wright) for which he won Best Actor at The Scottish BAFTAs.
The Caretaker runs at the Old Vic from (previews) March 26-May 14.