Daniel Mays and George MacKay are to join Timothy Spall in Matthew Warchus’ new production of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at London’s Old Vic.
Pinter’s acclaimed tale of a handyman who brings a tramp home to stay at his brother’s London flat, and the power struggle that ensues, will run at the Waterloo venue from 26 March.
The casting reunites Spall with Mays, who appeared in Mike Leigh’s All Or Nothing alongside the widely acclaimed star. Mays, who also appeared in Leigh’s Vera Drake and TV series including Ashes To Ashes and Line Of Duty, is a London stage regular boasting credits including The Red Lion (National Theatre) and Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre).
By contrast, rising star MacKay is a relative stage newcomer who was most recently seen in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic. The Scottish actor has made his name in projects including BBC drama The Outcast and hit British film Pride, directed by Warchus.
The Caretaker offers a rare chance for audiences to see Spall return to the stage. One of Britain’s finest character actors, the performer is best known for his screen roles, which range from playing Harry Potter’s Peter Pettigrew and Fungus The Bogeyman to his many collaborations with Leigh and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street.
The Caretaker runs at The Old Vic following the Ralph Fiennes-led production of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, which begins its run later this week.