(Dominic Cavendish’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 7/17.)

Those who gripe that the acting community is a self-perpetuating oligarchy – not just who you know, but who you’re born to – have been handed ample ammunition this month.

At the Young Vic, John and Lex Shrapnel are playing a father and his identical sons in Caryl Churchill’s two-hander about cloning A Number. Now, up at the Park, Jane Asher and Katie Scarfe, her daughter by the cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, have been cast as a mother (Olivia) and her estranged off-spring (Alice). As an added biological bonus, Alexander Hanson and his boy Tom – not long out of RADA – have been recruited to play Olivia’s youngest son, Giles, and the latter’s son – Olivia’s grandson – Simon.


Stage Voices Publishing for archived posts and sign up for free e-mail updates: http 2015:// www.stagevoices.com/ . If you would like to contribute a review, monologue, or other work related to theatre, please write to Bob Shuman at Bobjshuman@gmail.com.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *