Royal & Derngate adds a bold new production of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker to their Made in Northampton 2017 season this autumn, in co-production with Bristol Old Vic.
Harold Pinter’s 20th century masterpiece, The Caretaker, changed the face of modern theatre. Now directed by Christopher Haydon, in his first production since leaving The Gate, the production will explore the 21st century resonances of a play dealing with the desire to belong, the threat of alienation and the paranoia of living in a changing cultural landscape.
Royal & Derngate artistic director James Dacre said: “All our productions this year offer powerful tales of characters who show humanity and the power of hope on their journey to find a place where they belong.
“Their stories explore globalization, asylum and identity in modern Britain, depicting how we develop strategies for dealing with a changing world.
“Above all The Caretaker portrays our need to belong in both good times and bad and I’m certain that Chris’ vision for the production will express these themes in a way that speaks powerfully to Northampton today.”
The Caretaker is an addition to Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton 2017 season, announced last December, which opens next month with Death of a Salesman, starring Tim Pigott-Smith.
The season also includes a co-production of The Grapes of Wrath, the European premiere of An Iliad, a site-specific production The Twelfth Player, and touring revivals of Rules for Living and Love From A Stranger.
The Caretaker runs on the Royal stage from October 17-28 after opening in Bristol in September. Tickets for the production will go on sale with the release of the Summer 2017 brochure in April.