Crucible date for famous theatre family

Nick Ahad Arts Reporter One of Britain's most famous acting dynasties will appear together for the first time on a Yorkshire stage this year. Sheffield Theatres artistic director Sam West has called in favours from the family and will appear on stage with both his mother and father next season, he has revealed.

Mr West will appear in a two-hander play with his father Timothy West in the studio in October, and will perform a staged reading of Harold Pinter's Family Voices on the Crucible stage on November 6 with his father and mother Prunella Scales.

"One of the odd things for me about working with my parents is that I will be a colleague on stage, but I will also be their employer," he said.

Mr West, who is currently in Palestine working with an Arab-Israeli choir and the London choir, announced the season, his third in charge at Sheffield, this week.

It opens with Harold Pinter's The Caretaker in October which will star former EastEnders actor Nigel Harman.

Mr West hopes to secure funding to make this production the centrepiece of a Pinter festival in Sheffield. He will perform the staged reading of Family Voices with his parents as part of this festival. He added: "It is a radio play with a mother, father and son, so we will just read it from the scripts on the stage of the Crucible."

He will appear with his father Timothy in Caryl Churchill's A Number, the story of a man who has three cloned sons. Sam West will play the part of the three sons.

"The last time it was done was with Michael Gambon and Daniel Craig," said Mr West.

"The last time my dad and I were on stage together was eight-years-ago in Henry IV and we shared digs – and we were still talking by the end of it, so we should be OK."

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