(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.
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