There are moments of pure awkwardness when the play’s central character, Patrice Naiambana’s Davies, finds himself caught in the middle of difficult conversations and situations.
Warning! Last chance to catch all of these shows which must close this month. You can still buy tickets via Mates for: Sunset Boulevard, The Caretaker, The End of Longing and The Maids.
In this theatre diary catch-up, I want to concentrate on five top plays – four of them which also make Mark Shenton’s Top Ten list and three of them led from the front by stunning female performances and also Olivier laden.
Atmospheric revival of Harold Pinter’s psychological drama is too long and too elaborate to be genuinely moving.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Harold Pinter’s modern classic heads to the Old Vic Theatre, starring Timothy Spall and Daniel Mays. Is artistic director Matthew Warchus’ revival a hit or a miss? The Caretaker continues until 14 May 2016.
I do not routinely worship at the shrine of Harold Pinter. I can study, appreciate and accept the menace, the unspoken, the rhythmic near-poetry of dialogue : I have served my time with Existentialism, Absurdism, Beckettiana, every generation of push-theatre-forward shockjockery. Pinter has his place and his heirs (Florian Zeller lately a fine one). Get a great director like Matthew Warchus and a top cast and you have an event, for many an unmissable one. But he doesn’t stir deeper currents in me. For all the skill and faithfulness, what is expressed is too mired in misanthropy, bitterness, bullying rage and shreds of misogyny.
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.