Harman Leads Sheffield Caretaker to Trike in MarDate: 15 December 2006
Sheffield Crucible’s acclaimed production of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker - starring two of this year’s Whatsonstage.com Award nominees, Nigel Harman and Con O'Neill (click here to vote now!), as well as David Bradley – will transfer to north London’s Tricycle Theatre for a limited season from 6 March 2006 (exact dates still tbc).
Premiered in 1960, The Caretaker is set in the late 1950s in a seedy west London flat where two grown brothers – brain-damaged Aston (O’Neill) and menacing Mick (Harman) - have their lives disrupted by a bad-tempered tramp named Davies (Bradley).
The last major London production of The Caretaker was at the West End’s Comedy Theatre in 2000, when Michael Gambon, Rupert Graves and Douglas Hodge starred, directed by Patrick Marber.
Harman has been nominated for Best Takeover in a Role in this year’s Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards for his West End performance in Frank Loesser musical Guys and Dolls, which he’s currently reprising for a Christmas season at Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre (See News, 31 May 2006). O’Neill has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Southwark Fair at the National; last year, he was nominated for Best Actor for Telstar in the West End.
Bradley’s myriad stage credits include Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya (both at the Donmar Warehouse), Titus Andronicus (RSC) and, at the National, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The Night Season, The Mysteries and Pinter’s The Homecoming.
Jamie Lloyd’s revival of The Caretaker ran in Sheffield from 11 October to 11 November 2006 as part of a series of events, including readings, talks and a cricket match, celebrating the work of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter (See News, 17 May 2006). It’s designed by Soutra Gilmour with sound by Christopher Shutt.
Currently at the Tricycle, South African musical Spice Drum Beat - Ghoema, from the creators of the Olivier Award-winning Kat and the Kings, opened on 11 December 2006 (previews from 6 December) and continues its limited European premiere season until 27 January 2007 (See News, 30 Aug 2006). It’s followed by the world premiere of Tamsin Oglesby’s US versus UK verse play The War Next Door, directed by Tricycle artistic director and running from 6 February to 3 March 2007 (previews from 1 February).
- by Terri Paddock