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|Pinter Celebrates Caretaker Revival|
- Graves and Gambon star in Comedy Theatre first night
LAST NIGHT was first night for the West End revival of The Caretaker, the darkly comic piece of drama that revolutionised theatrical expectations forty years ago and made its writer, Harold Pinter, famous.
The revival is in part a commemoration of Pinter's 70th birthday and the old boy has an impressive collection of actors at his disposal to help him celebrate. True to the trend of film stars strutting their stuff on the London stage, the lovable Rupert Graves and Sir Michael 'Singing Detective' Gambon promise to set a glossy spin on Pinter's dry piece of writing.
Mean time Patrick Marber, whose smash hit Closer employed pared down language and shocked punters by putting the internet on stage, proves just the man for the job of directing this minimalist, yet modern, play.
The Caretaker's depiction of a derelict's world remains as relevant as when first staged, continuing to prompt the uncomfortable kind of laughter that keeps an audience on their toes. Placed ninth in The Royal National Theatre's survey of Twentieth Century plays, this tale of a high-minded tramp paid by two brothers to look after his house, packs punch enough to prove that like good wine, fine playwrights mature with age.
The Caretaker has just opened at The Comedy Theatre (nearest tube Piccadilly Circus), running Mon-Sat 7:30pm, mats Wed and Sat 3pm, tickets UKP10-UKP32.50, box office: 020-7369-1731.