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The Dumb Waiter at The Old Vic – Reviews

The reviews are coming in for The Dumb Waiter starring Daniel Mays and David Thewlis.

The New York Times: Serving Murder in “The Dumb Waiter”: The Old Vic’s production of the 50-minute one-act play is as polished as an assassin’s gun.

Guardian: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It takes theatrical alchemy – and talent – to turn a play as familiar as Harold Pinter’s 1957 two-hander into a drama as new and freshly dangerous as Jeremy Herrin’s revival here. That is partly down to the supreme skills of David Thewlis and (especially) Daniel Mays. Mays, meanwhile, is an utter marvel.

The Arts Desk

Broadway World

Production photos courtesy of The Old Vic Theatre and Manuel Harlan

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Evening Standard Magazine Cover & Feature Interview

Daniel Mays graces the cover and is the feature interview in this week’s Evening Standard Magazine. Danny talks his starring role in The Dumb Waiter, his career, and the amazing photoshoot in the Old Vic Theatre and on the marquee!

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Press: Dumb Waiter

Some upcoming press for Daniel Mays ahead of his starring role in Harold Pinter’s Dumb Waiter at the Old Vic Theatre beginning on 7 July. This is a strictly limited run of only 5 performances. (We will update as additional interviews are confirmed)

Radio: BBC Radio 2 – Saturday 3 July at 8AM Danny calls in to the Dermot O’Leary Show

ITV This Morning: Danny discusses Dumb Waiter and being back on stage and some Line of Duty theories. (About 36 minutes in)

Rehearsal Photos from the Old Vic have been released:

Tickets for worldwide online streaming are still available at the Old Vic. Don’t miss it!

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The Dumb Waiter at The Old Vic

We are delighted to announce that after 5 years away from the stage, Daniel Mays has joined the cast of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter for The Old Vic’s return to in person theatre and In Camera Series! Performances are schedule for 7 – 10 July!

The Dumb Waiter

We send him up all we’ve got and he’s not satisfied. No, honest, it’s enough to make the cat laugh.’

Ben and Gus are seasoned hitmen awaiting details of their next target in the basement of a supposedly abandoned cafe. When the dumbwaiter begins sending them mysterious food orders, the killers’ waiting game starts to unravel.

Daniel Mays and David Thewlis star in Harold Pinter’s darkly funny, insidiously menacing The Dumb Waiter.

Ticket information:

Tue 11 May, 12 noon – Artistic Director’s Circle and Producer’s Circle
Thu 13 May, 10am – Benefactors
Fri 14 May, 10am -Patrons
Mon 17 May, 10am – Associate
Tue 18 May, 12 noon – Friends
Wed 19 May, 12 noon – General Onsale

Please check The Old Vic website for more information on how they are handling in person ticketing in guidance with social distancing rules due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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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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Behind the Scenes – Photographer Laura Marie Linck

Daniel Mays is included in an exhibition by photographer Laura Marie Linck at Blackheath Halls in London called Behind the Scenes. This is the second year for this wonderful photography display.

FRI 1 JUL – SUN 31 JUL 10.00h-17.00h
Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath, SE3 9RQ
Cafe Bar
Free Admission

A collection of candid black and white photographs of film and theatre actors, directors, writers, including Dame Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Daniel Mays, Sir David Hare, Adam Godley, Eve Best and Sir Timothy West. A peek at some of the photographs included are on Instagram.


Photograph of Daniel Mays used with permission from Laura Marie Linck. Image is ©Laura Marie Linck

You can view Laura’s beautiful photography and film work at her website
From the website: I am a French Photographer – Filmmaker based in London. I like a challenge and I am always up for a new adventure. I specialise in reportage photography as well as production photography for Film & Theatre. I love capturing true moments that people often miss. I have been called a Ninja Photographer before, people never realise I am around which allows me to catch amazing and genuine moments.”

With many thanks to Laura for her kind permission to use her photograph of Daniel Mays.

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The Old Vic 2016 Summer Gala

Daniel Mays attended last evening’s (27/6/2016) Summer Gala to benefit The Old Vic Theatre  at The Brewery in London.

Danny starred in the The Caretaker by Harold Pinter at The Old Vic from March through May of this year with Timothy Spall and George MacKay.

Some Photos from the evening:

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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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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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