The Caretaker

Daniel Mays Named Old Vic Theatre Bicentenary Ambassador #OV200

The Old Vic Theatre announced today that Daniel Mays is one of their bicentenary ambassadors.  Daniel joins Bertie Carvel, George MacKay (co-star in ‘The Caretaker’ in 2016), Andrew Scott, Maxine Peak, John Boyega, Dame Judi Dench, and many others.


‘My experience of working at The Old Vic remains one of my absolute theatre highlights to date. It fuses the history and majesty of the place with exciting, fresh and dynamic productions for a modern day audience. I remember walking out onto the stage for the first time and looking out at the auditorium. Its scale and beauty hit me right between the eyes. ‘Imagine performing Aston’s monologue from The Caretaker in this setting’ I thought? It surpassed all my expectations. The theatre’s capacity to generate intimacy with the audience is quite extraordinary. I relished every performance.’

As the countdown to our 200th birthday continues, we’re proud to announce our Bicentenary Ambassadors – friends from stage and screen who will lend their support to this momentous occasion by celebrating the past, present and future of our beloved theatre.

The Bicentenary Ambassadors will variously curate monologues, appear on stage, share their reflections on the theatre, attend special events around the birthday itself and throughout the year, and help to raise awareness of the education and community programmes that serve 10,000 young people each year.

Daniel Mays starred as Aston  in The Old Vic Theatre‘s revival of Harold Pinter’s ‘The Caretaker‘ in 2016. The play also starred Timothy Spall and George MacKay. 

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The Caretaker & LOD 3: Upcoming Press

Catch Daniel Mays on the radio and television over the next week:

Our friends at Anglonerd have a great interview with Daniel Mays about Line of Duty Series 3.

Wednesday 27 April 16:00 BBC Radio Kent

Friday 29 April: BBC Radio Stoke (interview begins at 2:31 mark)

Saturday  30 April 9:30AM: Channel 5’s The Saturday Show (along with Craig Parkinson)

Saturday 30 April 18:15: Loose Ends BBC Radio 4

Monday 2 May at 13:00: BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester

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The Caretaker Q&A 6 May 2016

The Old Vic announced today that they will hold a Voices Off  post-performance Q&A with the cast of The Caretaker on Friday 6 May 2016:

Timothy Spall, Daniel Mays and George MacKay will talk to Bonnie Greer OBE about getting to grips with their eclectic roles and bringing Pinter’s groundbreaking classic to life.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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The Caretaker is in performances at The Old Vic Theatre until Saturday 14 May.  Don’t miss this superb play!

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Interview BBC Radio London 10 April

Daniel Mays was a guest on BBC Radio London this afternoon to discuss Line of Duty and The Caretaker.

Gaby Roslin teased a surprised for Danny which was Line of Duty co-star (and Danny’s former flat-mate) actor Craig Parkinson! You’ll have to listen for the hilarious stories that they have. The interview ends with a really fantastic sing-a-long to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” – definitely one of our favorite Danny interviews.

Thanks to BBC Radio London and Gaby Roslin for a fun afternoon.

You can catch up with the episode via BBC iPlayer for the next 30 days.

Book tickets for The Caretaker at The Old Vic Theatre until 14 May.

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The Caretaker – Reviews

The Caretaker at The Old Vic Theatre press night was this evening 6 April 2016. Daniel Mays stars as Aston, Timothy Spall as Davies, and George MacKay as Mick. Directed by Matthew Warchus.

Here is the review roundup so far:

Plays To See: ★★★★★ “Mays’s portrayal of Aston is brilliantly accomplished”

Financial Times: “[Aston’s] monologue is the core of Warchus’s production: delivered with pain and buried rage by Mays in the gathering gloom, it describes how he was robbed of his voice.”

BBC round up of reviews

The Times: ★★★★

A Younger Theatre:

The Guardian: ★★★★  “…the supreme virtue of Daniel Mays’s performance is that he reminds us that Aston, for all his grace and obsession with three-pin plugs, is full of residual anger.”

The Evening Standard: ★★★★ “Mays carefully captures his vagueness and solitude.”

Radio Times: Mays’s performance –twitching with leftover, unresolved tension – that leaves the lasting mark.

The Daily Mail: ★★★ “Mays strikes a heartbreaking note…”

Time Out: ★★★★  “Mays is superb”

Official London Theatre: “The result is an ensemble piece of the very highest order.”

The Stage:  ★★★ “Daniel Mays manages to express much even when being still.”

The Arts Desk: Daniel Mays and George MacKay, as the damaged man who offers shelter and his aggressive brother respectively, are a match for Spall’s theatrics.

The Upcoming: ★★★★ “Daniel Mays’ Aston is slow and stuttering, with a lowly manner that intrigues. There’s a silent, understated loyalty between the brothers, Aston and Mick.”

London Theatre 1: ★★★★★ review (during early previews!) “Daniel Mays brilliantly captures the mood of the time with his maltreated body and tortured soul.”

My Theatre Mates: ★★★★ “Mays gives Aston a wounded dignity which comes as near to pathos as Pinter ever allows.”

London Theatre Guide: ★★★★ “Daniel Mays’ introverted and utterly compelling performance as Ashton who manages to capture that sense of isolation and vulnerability and project it through both speech and movement. His calmness settles the stage and the sparseness in his dialogue leaves much unsaid, making him the most absorbing of the trio.”

City A.M: ★★★★ “Together, they have a compelling command of Pinter’s ponderous script, and this masterful production manages to find comedy and tragedy in the inherent clumsiness of human interaction.”

You will want to book tickets to see this phenomenal play!

Updated 6 April 2016

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The Caretaker – Press Night

“You could be…caretaker here, if you liked…”

Break a leg! Wishing Daniel Mays, Timothy Spall, George MacKay, Matthew Warchus, & co all the best for this evening’s press night for The Caretaker.

Book tickets to see this amazing production at The Old Vic Theatre until 14 May

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The Caretaker Production Photos

The Old Vic has released the amazing production photos from The Caretaker today ahead of press night tomorrow evening (all photographs  © Manuel Harlan and The Old Vic Theatre):

Daniel Mays stars a Aston, Timothy Spall as Davies, and George MacKay as Mick.

Book tickets for this not to be missed theatre production at The Old Vic Theatre until Saturday 14 May 2016.

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The Caretaker

Break A leg to Daniel Mays, Timothy Spall, George MacKay, and the crew of The Caretaker for tonight’s first performance!

From The Old Vic Theatre website:

When it premiered in 1960, The Caretaker changed the face of modern theatre. Now Harold Pinter’s groundbreaking classic comes to The Old Vic in a new production directed by Matthew Warchus.

Disturbed handyman Aston has invited an irascible tramp to stay with him at his brother’s jumbled London flat. At first it seems that the manipulative guest will take advantage of his vulnerable host. But when Aston’s brother Mick arrives, an enigmatic power struggle emerges between the three men that is in equal parts menacing, touching and darkly comic.

Daniel Mays stars as Aston, Timothy Spall as Davies, and George MacKay as Mick.

Performances Tue 29 Mar – Sat 14 May 2016
Mon – Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm

Book tickets for this must see theatre event!

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On My Radar: Daniel Mays’s Cultural Highlights-The Guardian 

Daniel Mays has an excellent interview with The Guardian featuring six of his cultural highlights from Harold Pinter’s play The Homecoming, music by Flawes, television’s This is England (which stars Line of Duty’s Vicky McCLure), the film Orthodox, a Marlon Brando documentary: Listen to Me Marlon, and The Limehouse Golem book (which Danny recently completed a role in the film version). 

Book tickets to Pinter’s  The Caretaker at The Old Vic Theatre 29 March – 14 May. 

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The One Show

Catch up with Daniel Mays’ great interview from BBC One’s The One Show.  Danny discussed Line of Duty and his upcoming theatre role in The Caretaker.

New Line of Duty clip

Updated 23 March with Danny’s fantastic #ItsAOneThing interview:

Tune in this Thursday 24 March to see the much-anticipated premiere on BBC Two.

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