Daniel Mays and George MacKay will join the previously announced Timothy Spall in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, directed by Old Vic Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, running at the Old Vic 6 April to 14 May 2016, previews from 26 March.
When it premiered in 1960, The Caretaker changed the face of modern theatre. Now, Harold Pinter’s groundbreaking classic comes to The Old Vic in a new production directed by Matthew Warchus.
Disturbed handyman Aston (Daniel Mays) has invited an irascible tramp (Timothy Spall) 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 (George MacKay) arrives, an enigmatic power struggle emerges between the three men that is in equal parts menacing, touching and darkly comic.
Timothy Spall plays Davies. Timothy is one of Britain’s best-loved and most talented character actors. 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 Night’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. Most recently he has received wide acclaim for his role as J.M.W Turner in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner (2014), for which he won seven international awards, including the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award. He is perhaps best known for his role as Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter film series, and his diverse film work includes The King’s Speech, The Damned United, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pierrepoint, All Or Nothing, Lucky Break, Topsy Turvy and his own documentary Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea. He can currently be seen playing the well beloved character of Fungus the Bogeyman in a new four part series for Sky1. TV credits include The Enfield Haunting, Blandings, The Syndicate, The Fattest Man in Britain, Oliver Twist, The Street, Bodily Harm, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Perfect Strangers, Shooting the Past and Our Mutual Friend.
Daniel Mays plays Aston. A familiar face from stage and screen, 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 up-coming 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). Daniel’s extensive film credits include two Mike Leigh films All or Nothing and the multi award winning Vera Drake, Atonement, Red Riding, Welcome to the Punch, The Bank Job, Made in Dagenham, Byzantium and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn directed by Steven Spielberg. He also starred in the independent British film Shifty, for which he received a nomination for best supporting actor at the British Independent Film Awards 2008. Daniel plays Private Walker in the forthcoming British comedy film Dad’s Army which has its UK cinema release on 5 February.
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. His most recent film is Captain Fantastic, which will premiere at The Sundance Film Festival, in which he stars alongside Viggo Mortensen. His extensive TV career includes the BBC drama The Outcast which was adapted from the novel by Sadie Jones and the original drama for Hulu by Stephen King and JJ Abrahams 11/22/63 alongside James Franco.