Friday June 5, 2020

Pinter’s doomy drama stands the test of time

Theatre: The Caretaker Directed by Toby Frow Gate Theatre Runs until March 21 Rating: ****

15th February, 2015
Michael Feast and Garrett Lombard in The Caretaker

Harold Pinter famously hated the word ‘Pinteresque’, claiming that he had no idea what it meant. When it comes to discussing his breakthrough 1960 tragicomedy, however, the adjective is hard to avoid. The Caretaker is a quintessential Pinter drama, bleakly menacing with a strong dose of pitch-black humour – and this chilling Gate production shows that it has barely dated at all.

In a dingy London attic room filled with junk, a mentally fragile...

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