The Old Country


The Old Country

Timothy West

For ETT: King Lear, The Master Builder, Henry IV Parts I & II.

Theatre includes: The Life of Galileo (Birmingham Rep); National Hero (Edinburgh Festival); HMS Pinafore (also directed, Carla Rosa Opera); King Lear, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and Luther (NT); Gentle Jack, The Italian Girl, Abelard and Heloise, Exiles, Hedda Gabler, The Homecoming, Beecham, Master Class, When We Are Married, The Sneeze, It’s Ralph, Twelve Angry Men, and The Birthday Party (all in the West End); Trelawny, Henry IV Parts I and II, Widowers’ Houses, The Clandestine Marriage, and Uncle Vanya (all for Bristol Old Vic); for the Prospect Theatre Company, in the UK and abroad, he has played Prospero, Holofernes, Claudius, Enobarbus, Bolingbroke, Lear and Shylock, as well as Mortimer in Edward II, Shpigelsky in A Month in the Country, Emerson in A Room With a View, and Samuel Johnson in two plays about the great man; he has played numerous seasons with the RSC, and has appeared frequently at Chichester Festival Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and many other regional theatres as well as touring throughout the UK and around the world.

Television includes: Bleak House; Bedtime (three series); Murder in Mind; New Tricks; Colditz; The Alan Clark Diaries; Waking the Dead; The Inspector Lynley Mysteries; Station Jim; Midsomer Murders; Bramwell; Goodnight Sweetheart; Reith to the Nation; Framed; Beecham; Blore MP; When We Are Married; What the Butler Saw; A Very Peculiar Practice; The Monocled Mutineer; Brass; Churchill and the Generals; Horatio Bottomley; Edward VII.

Film includes: Beyond Borders; The Fourth Angel; Iris; Villa des Roses; Joan of Arc; The Thirty-Nine Steps; Cry Freedom; Agatha; Joseph Andrews; Hedda; Oliver Twist; The Day of the Jackal; Nicholas and Alexandra.

Timothy’s autobiography, A Moment Towards the End of the Play, and the handbook So You Want to be an Actor? (co-written with his wife Prunella Scales), are published by Nick Hern Books. Timothy West was made a CBE in 1984 for services to his profession.

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