Discover a literary masterpiece that delves into the turbulent relationships between a homeless man and two polar opposite brothers. Pinter cranks up the tension, piles on the laughs and teases out the emotional foibles of three lonely men in this compelling absurdist theatrical event.

Overview

In Harold Pinter’s extraordinarily mischievous comedy, Aston asks down-and-out Davies to be a live-in caretaker. Davies leaps at the chance to change his fortunes, but the trouble is he doesn’t know what a caretaker should do, especially in a room filled with junk. When Aston’s manipulative brother Mike shows up, the power struggle begins. Why does Aston collect all this stuff? Will Davies ever get a pair of decent shoes? And who will fix the drip in the ceiling?

In this famous contemporary comedy, Harold Pinter cranks up the tension, piles on the laughs and teases out the emotional foibles of three lonely men. Director Iain Sinclair (A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE) teams up once more with Darren Gilshenan (WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?) for this explosive, compelling theatrical event.

Calendar
14 Oct 2022 8:00 pm
Preview
15 Oct 2022 3:30 pm
Preview
15 Oct 2022 8:00 pm
Preview
16 Oct 2022 5:00 pm
PreviewLimited Seats
18 Oct 2022 11:00 am
Sold Out
18 Oct 2022 7:30 pm
19 Oct 2022 8:00 pm
Sold Out
20 Oct 2022 7:30 pm
21 Oct 2022 8:00 pm
22 Oct 2022 3:30 pm
22 Oct 2022 8:00 pm
23 Oct 2022 5:00 pm
Limited Seats
25 Oct 2022 7:30 pm
26 Oct 2022 7:30 pm
27 Oct 2022 11:00 am
Sold Out
27 Oct 2022 7:30 pm
28 Oct 2022 8:00 pm
Q&A
29 Oct 2022 3:30 pm
29 Oct 2022 8:00 pm
30 Oct 2022 5:00 pm
01 Nov 2022 11:00 am
Q&A
02 Nov 2022 7:30 pm
03 Nov 2022 11:00 am
03 Nov 2022 7:30 pm
04 Nov 2022 8:00 pm
05 Nov 2022 3:30 pm
05 Nov 2022 8:00 pm
06 Nov 2022 5:00 pm
08 Nov 2022 7:30 pm
09 Nov 2022 7:30 pm
10 Nov 2022 11:00 am
Audio Described
10 Nov 2022 7:30 pm
11 Nov 2022 8:00 pm
12 Nov 2022 3:30 pm
Audio Described
12 Nov 2022 8:00 pm
13 Nov 2022 5:00 pm
15 Nov 2022 11:00 am
15 Nov 2022 7:30 pm
16 Nov 2022 7:30 pm
Free Teen
17 Nov 2022 11:00 am
17 Nov 2022 7:30 pm
18 Nov 2022 8:00 pm
19 Nov 2022 3:30 pm
19 Nov 2022 8:00 pm
Ticket Prices

For group bookings of 10+, please call Box office on (02 8918 3460) or email groups@ensemble.com.au

Single tickets are now on sale.

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice.

SINGLE TICKETSPREVIEWSIN SEASON
FULL PRICE$75$80
SENIORS CARD$72$77
PENSIONER$68$73
30 OR UNDER$38$43
FULL-TIME STUDENT$38$43
MEAA/AWG$38$43
SCHOOL GROUPS$25$25
GROUP 10-19$75$80
GROUP 20+$71$76
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Reviews

"An acknowledged literary masterpiece" The Sunday Times UK

"A drilling psychological investigation... one of the most vital plays of the 20th century." The Guardian UK

Director's Note

“At the same time that critics were pronouncing the end of theatre as a useful social barometer Harold Pinter opened the stage door unexpectedly and changed everything. The West End had been dominated by Terence Rattigan and Noel Coward’s crisp well engineered upper class preoccupations when suddenly a bunch of disaffected malcontents tramped their grubby nihilist footprints all over the nice imperial carpet. Theatre in London suddenly became dangerous and interesting all over again.

THE CARETAKER is Pinter’s seminal masterpiece built out of sublime paradoxes: it is complex yet simple, chilling but heart-warming, impossible to fathom but as clear as bell. It altered the course of dramatic writing forever and inspired other greats like David Mamet, Sarah Kane and Jez Butterworth to name a few.

This is one of the great plays and it needs a great actor to carry it. Whenever I need a great actor I always ask for one in particular: He hosted Our Town for me at The Opera House and played George here at The Ensemble in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF? and this time round he will be playing the impossible tramp Davies in THE CARETAKER. He’s the best I have met and I cannot wait to work again with Darren Gilshenan.” – Director Iain Sinclair

Special Performance Dates

Audio Described

  • Thu 10 Nov 11am
  • Sat 12 Nov 3.30pm

Tactile Tours are available 1 hour prior to Audio Described performances, please contact the Box Office to book.

Q&A Session

  • Fri 28 Oct 8pm
  • Tue 1 Nov 11am

Free Teen

  • Wed 16 Nov 7:30pm
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COVID SAFETY MEASURES

We will be reviewing our COVID Safe plan for 2022 performances, in accordance with the NSW Government’s health advice. By the time this show opens, we anticipate restrictions will have eased and masks will no longer be compulsory in the theatre.

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