(Lucy Powell's article appeared in the Times of London, 4/1– Stephens talking about 'Hamlet’ above.)

Toby Stephens: Of course I’d act with my mother

If it helped Maggie Smith to beat her stage fright after cancer, her son Toby Stephens would team up with her, he says

Toby Stephens is hunting around a dilapidated dressing room in the Old Vic Theatre for a piece of wood to touch. He has many bargains to strike with the fates: that that he hasn’t inherited the self-destructive streak of his father, the late, luminous actor Robert Stephens; that his current career renaissance continues apace; and that the cancer endured by his mother Maggie Smith — she has not been on stage since — will remain in remission.


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