Known and loved for his TV appearances in "Brass" and as the embodiment of Edward VII, Thomas Beecham and Winston Churchill, Timothy West has led a charmed life as an actor: never quite making it to star status, but also rarely out of work, moving effortlessly between television and stage, film and recordings. With his wife, Prunella Scales, and now his son, Samuel, the West family have provided many hours of entertainment. This is Timothy West's autobiography, written in his sixties. His early years read like a map of a now vanished landscape: box-office at Frinton, assistant stage manager at Newquay, weekly rep at Hull, a two-year contract at Salisbury - and meanwhile coping with a small child and a manic depressive first wife. But soon the parts get meatier, and the venues get better: he plays in the West End, joins the Royal Shakespeare Company, tours the country with Prospect doing the classics, performs Dickens and Dostoyevsky on television, and has a stint running the Old Vic, which includes coping with Peter O'Toole and his disastrous ideas for Macbeth. As Tim tells it, it all seems to happen a bit by accident, a bit by surprise.
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Timothy West was born in 1934. He lives in Wandsworth with his wife, Prunella Scales. Their son, Samuel West, is currently playing Hamlet for the RSC in London.From AudioFile:
A good actor has many talents. His training includes dancing, singing, mime, and swordsmanship. Timothy West adds to these gifts the ability to capture a story on a page and to express that same story to an audience. His autobiography is also a history of the theater in Great Britain during his lifetime. He has played in every county and in every medium offered to the public; through his recounting of his experiences, we have an outline of the superior training that was offered to British actors. He shows his great sadness that with the closing of so many theaters, that venue is now little available. West polishes his narration with great humor and with choice anecdotes about people we all know and mishaps we hope we will never experience. J.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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