Premiered in 1960, The Caretaker is set in the late 1950s in a seedy west London flat where two grown brothers – brain-damaged Aston and menacing Mick - have their lives disrupted by a bad-tempered tramp named Davies. Christopher Morahan's production is led by Jonathan Pryce as Davies.
For the most part, overnight reviews were as positive as those that greeted the production's Liverpool premiere in October 2009. Now, as then, the main focus of attention was Jonathan Pryce's performance as Davies, hailed by Whatsonstage.com's Michael Coveney as "the most brilliant and devastating, surely, of all Pinter's tramps down the years". However he, along with several colleagues, was less enamoured with the decision to cut the play in two, and there was criticism of the pacing of Morahan’s production. But there were few grumbles when it came to the supporting performances of Peter McDonald's "riveting" Aston and Sam Spruell's Mick - "a study in cool malevolence".
- Theo Bosanquet & Alex Mangini