[updated 17 August 2013]
Posts about A Number are here.
"With the Wests, the human drama is brought fully to the fore... the chance to witness the generational baton being passed – and so adroitly – in this revered family of actors is unmissable."
"Caryl Churchill’s prickly, rewarding play...
Samuel West manages in his three different guises to be pained, sardonic, resentful, brutish and suave. There’s a meaty rawness throughout.
Timothy West gives a performance richly furbished with little tics and postural shifts that betray the intimate mechanics of self-justification."
Official London Theatre Guide
"As Salter, West senior shows us how easily that decision could be made, how a potent emotional mix of grief, regret and a desire to have another shot at life can culminate in a man making this horrific choice.
In playing three of Salter’s sons – the original Bernard and two clones – Samuel West shows his versatility as he deftly changes from one character to the other..."
"Churchill creates a play that is as emotionally upsetting as it is intellectually and morally profound... Timothy West plays the father with a mixture of furtive unease, gnawing guilt and a deeply moving vulnerability... Samuel West differentiates the three sons with high-definition panache."
"The Wests’ performances are meticulous..."
"superb acting from West pere et fils..."
After party: guests included Laura Wade, Marcus Brigstocke and Malcolm Sinclair
Tristram Kenton/The Guardian
Screencaps from Sam and Timothy's interview (7 October) on The Alan Titchmarsh Show (click thumbnails for full size):