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The Caretaker

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A Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate co-production

Aston welcomes the homeless Davies into his dilapidated flat, sheltering him from the violence of the streets. Recognising an opportunity, Davies attempts to leave his past behind and start afresh. But what is he being offered? Friendship? Shelter? A job? Or a home?

When Mick, the landlord arrives, he confronts the unexpected guest and the three men begin to circle one other suspiciously, each desperate to turn this new situation to their advantage, whatever the cost.

Harold Pinter's 20th century masterpiece explores everyone's search for a sense of belonging in a world where the line between truth and reality is constantly in flux. Directed by Christopher Haydon (Grounded, Twelve Angry Men), this bold new production sets the paranoia of living in an ever-changing landscape against our own politically and culturally uncertain times.

A snapshot taken from the centre of a tornado"


Taut, unsettling and accomplished"


Humorous and hauntingly human"


Home: The Caretaker - A digital short project

Home is a digital short project from Bristol Old Vic, inspired by The Caretaker. Working with our friends, we’ve come together to explore the idea of ‘home’; what that means, where it’s found and how it makes us feel. 

Find out more here.

The Caretaker

9-30 Sep
7.30pm, 2.30pm
(Selected Thu and Sat mats)
Press Performance Thu 14 Sep, 7pm

Access Performances
Signed performance Sat 23 Sep, 2.30pm
Captioned performance Fri 29 Sep, 7.30pm
Audio described performance Sat 30 Sep, 2.30pm with touch tour 12.30pm

Running Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Please note: there will be a 20 minute interval 

Creative Team
 Harold Pinter
 Christopher Haydon
Designer Oliver Townsend
Sound Designer
Elena Peña
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Casting Director Polly Jerrold
Costume Supervisor Gayle Playford
Assistant Director Chino Odimba

Photography Iona Firouzabadi

@BristolOldVic | #Caretaker17

Ticket Offers

Groups of 10+ £4 off all ticket prices (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 20+ £4 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 50+ £7 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)

£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Friends of Bristol Old Vic
25% off tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per friend

In summer 2016 we began redevelopment works to transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.

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