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Timothy West stars in Harwood's Handyman

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Veteran stage and screen actor Timothy West will star in a new production of Ronald Harwood's The Handyman, which embarks on a national tour this autumn. The show opens at Clwyd Theatr Cyrmu on 12 September 2012.

The Handyman concerns a married couple (played by Caroline Langrishe and Adrian Lukis) living in the Suffolk countryside and their elderly Ukranian helper (West), a man who thought he had left his past behind him when he came to England after the Second World War. Joe Harmston directs.

West's recent stage credits include King Lear at the Old Vic, Alan Bennett's The Old Country at the Trafalgar Studios and Harold Pinter's The Lover/The Collection at the Comedy Theatre. He has also appeared in many films and television dramas including Iris, Cry Freedom and the BBC adaptation of Dickens's Bleak House.

Also appearing are Carolyn Backhouse, James Simmons and Anthony Houghton. The play will feature video testimonies from Vanessa Redgrave as Sister Sophia and Steven Berkoff as Nikita Fedorenko.

Caroline Langrishe was recently seen in Country at the Southwark Playhouse and Hayfever at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Adrian Lukis's credits include the most recent RSC production of The Taming of the Shrew; the actor is best known from playing Sergeant Douglas Wright in ITV drama The Bill.

South Africa-born Harwood, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay of The Pianist, wrote The Handyman in 1996. Harmston directed its world premiere at the Chichester Festival Theatre that year, with Frank Finlay in the lead role.

Harmston's recent credits include The Father at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and the UK tours of Lark Rise to Candleford and Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

The Handyman runs at the Clwyd Theatr Cymru from 12 to 15 September; the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre from 17 to 22 September; the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, from 25 September to 6 October; the Cambridge Arts Theatre from 8 to 13 October; Richmond Theatre from 15 to 20 October; the Malvern Festival Theatre from 22 to 27 October; and the Oxford Playhouse from 29 October to 3 November.


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