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West, Timothy 1934–

WEST, Timothy 1934


Full name, Timothy Lancaster West; born October 20, 1934, in Bradford, Yorkshire, England; son of Harry Lockwood (an actor) and Olive (maiden name, CarletonCrowe) West; married Jacqueline Boyer, 1956 (divorced); married Prunella Scales (an actress), 1963; children: (first marriage) Juliet; (second marriage) Samuel (an actor), Joseph (an actor). Education: Attended Regent Street Polytechnic. Avocational Interests: Travel, listening to music, exploring old railways.

Career: Actor and director. Worked as an assistant stage manager in Wimbledon, England, 1956; appeared in repertory at Salisbury, Hull, Wimbledon, and Northampton, England, 195659; Prospect Theatre Company, London, codirector, 1975; Old Vic Theatre Company, London, artistic director, 198081. University of Western Australia, director in residence, 1982; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, chair, 1992. All Change Arts Ltd., chair, 1986; Platform Theatre Ltd., member of board of directors. Arts Council of Great Britain, member of drama panel, 197476, member of touring committee, beginning 1978. Also worked as a recording engineer.

Member: Royal Society of Arts (fellow; chair, 1992), Apollo Society, Garrick Club, Groucho Club.

Awards, Honors: Decorated commander, Order of the British Empire, 1984; honorary D.Univ., University of Bradford, 1993; honorary D.Litt., University of the West of England, 1994, and University of East Anglia, 1996.


Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) The farmer, Summertime, Wimbledon Theatre, London, 1956.

Talky, Caught Napping, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1959.

The informer, The Life of Galileo, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1960.

Ginger, Afore Night Come, Arts Theatre, London, 1962.

Hubert, Gentle Jack, Queen's Theatre, London, 1963.

Arthur, Trigon, Arts Theatre, 1964.

Ginger, Afore Night Come, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1964.

Doctor, Victor, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1964.

Schoolmaster, Marat/Sade (also known as The Persecution and Assassination of JeanPaul Marat As Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade ), Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1964.

PiliaBorza, The Jew of Malta, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1964.

Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1964.

Sir Gilbert Boscoe, The Governor's Lady (Expeditions Two), Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1964.

Sir Nathaniel, Love's Labour's Lost, Royal Shakespeare Company, StratforduponAvon, England, 1965.

Tubal, The Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965.

PiliaBorza and Aegeon, The Comedy of Errors, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965.

Lord Lucius, Timon of Athens, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965.

Korobkin, The Government Inspector, Aldwych Theatre, 1966.

Mulka, The Investigation, Aldwych Theatre, 1966.

Alderman Smuggler, The Constant Couple, Prospect Theatre Company, New Theatre, London, 1967.

Emerson, A Room with a View, Prospect Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1967.

Otto, The Italian Girl, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1968.

Gilles de Vannes, Abelard and Heloise, Wyndham's Theatre, 1970.

Robert Hand, Exiles, Mermaid Theatre, 1970.

Gilbert, The Critic As Artist, Open Space Theatre, London, 1970.

Sir William Gower, Trelawny of the Wells, Theatre Royal, Bristol, England, 1972.

Lear and Holofernes, Love's Labour's Lost, Aldwych Theatre, 1972.

Falstaff, Henry IV, Parts I and II, Theatre Royal, 1972.

Undershaft, Major Barbara, Forum Theatre, Billingham, England, 1973.

George Penny, The Houseboy, Open Space Theatre, 1973.

Shpigelsky, A Month in the Country, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, 1974.

Title role, Macbeth, Gardner Centre, Brighton, England, 1974.

George, Jumpers, Gardner Centre, 1974.

Judge Brack, Hedda Gabler, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1975.

Shpigelsky, A Month in the Country, Prospect Theatre Company, Albery Theatre, London, 1975.

Emerson, A Room with a View, Prospect Theatre Company, Albery Theatre, 1975.

Iago, Othello, Nottingham, England, 1976.

Claudius, Hamlet, Old Vic Theatre Company, London, 1977.

Storyteller, War Music, Old Vic Theatre Company, 1977.

Enobarbus, Antony and Cleopatra, Old Vic Theatre Company, 1977.

Ivan and Gottlieb, Laughter!, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1978.

Max, The Homecoming, Garrick Theatre, London, 1978.

Great English Eccentrics, Old Vic Theatre Company, 1978.

The Undisputed Monarch of the English Stage, Old Vic Theatre Company, 1979.

Creeve, The Trial of Queen Caroline, Old Vic Theatre Company, 1979.

Sir Thomas Beecham, Beecham, Salisbury Theatre, London, 1979, then Apollo Theatre, London, 1980.

Narrator, Lancelot and Guinevere, Old Vic Theatre Company, 1980.

Shylock, Merchant of Venice, Old Vic Theatre Company, 1980.

Trelawny of the Wells, 1980.

Stalin, Master Class, Leicester, England, 1983, then Old Vic Theatre Company, 1984.

Charlie Mucklebrass, Big in Brazil, 1984.

The War at Home, Old Vic Theatre Company, Hampstead, 1984, then New York City production, 1986.

When We Are Married, Whitehall, 1986.

Kamyshev, "The Alien Corn," Brizzhalov, "The Sneeze," Smirnov, "The Bear," a traveler, "The Inspector General," Svetlovidov, "Swan Song," and Chubukov, "The Proposal," in The Sneeze, Aldwych Theatre, 1988.

The Master Builder, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1989.

The Clandestine Marriage, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1990.

Uncle Vanya, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1990.

James Tyrone, Long Day's Journey into Night, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1991.

Andrew, It's Ralph, Comedy Theatre, 1991.

King Lear, Dublin, Ireland, 1992.

Willie Loman, Death of a Salesman, Theatr Clwyd, Wales, 1993.

Christopher Cameron, Himself, Southampton, England, 1993.

Sir Anthony Absolute, The Rivals, Chichester, 1994.

Macbeth, Theatr Clwyd, 1994.

Mail Order Bride, 1994.

Getting On, West Yorkshire Playhouse, 1995.

Twelve Angry Men, Comedy Theatre, 1996.

Falstaff, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Old Vic Theatre Company, 1997.

Gloucester, King Lear, Royal National Theatre, 1997.

Title role, King Lear, Old Vic Theatre Company, 2003.

Major Tours:

Colonel GrayBalding, Simple Spymen, 1961.

Peterbono, Thieves' Carnival, Prospect Theatre Company, 1966.

Samuel Johnson, Madam, Said Doctor Johnson, Prospect Theatre Company, 1966.

Prospero, The Tempest, Prospect Theatre Company, 1966.

Crabbe, The Gamecock, Prospect Theatre Company, 1966.

Bolingbroke, Richard II, Prospect Theatre Company, British, Scottish, and European cities, 1969.

Mortimer, Edward II, Prospect Theatre Company, British, Scottish, and European cities, 1969.

Don Pedro, Much Ado about Nothing, Prospect Theatre Company, 1970.

Samuel Johnson, Boswell's Life of Johnson, Prospect Theatre Company, 1970.

Title role, King Lear, Prospect Theatre Company, Scottish and Italian cities, 1971.

Holofernes, Love's Labour's Lost, Prospect Theatre Company, Australian and British cities, 1972.

Shpigelsky, A Month in the Country, British cities, 1975.

Emerson, A Room with a View, British cities, 1975.

Harry, Staircase, Prospect Theatre Company, 1976.

Claudius, Hamlet, British, Scottish, German, and Middle Eastern cities, 19771978.

Storyteller, War Music, British, Scottish, German, and Middle Eastern cities, 19771978.

Enobarbus, Antony and Cleopatra, British, Scottish, German, and Middle Eastern cities, 19771978.

Great English Eccentrics, Hong Kong and Australian cities, 1979.

Uncle Vanya, Australian cities, 1982.

Sir Thomas Beecham, Beecham, New Zealand cities, 1983, then Dublin, Ireland, 1986.

Stage Work:

Artistic director, We Bombed in New Haven, Forum Theatre, Billingham, England, 1973.

Artistic director, The National Health, Forum Theatre, 1973.

Artistic director, The Oz Trial, Forum Theatre, 1973.

Director, The Homecoming, Gardner Centre, Brighton, England, 1975.

Director, The Undisputed Monarch of the English Stage, Old Vic Theatre Company, London, 1979.

Film Appearances:

Matrevis, The Deadly Affair, Columbia, 1967.

Superintendent Dakin, Twisted Nerve, 1968.

Taylor, The Looking Glass War, Columbia, 1970.

Dr. Botkin, Nicholas and Alexandra, Columbia, 1971.

Berthier, The Day of the Jackal (also known as Chakal ), Universal, 1973.

Professor Gebhardt, Hitler: The Last Ten Days (also known as Gli ultimi 10 giorni di Hitler ), 1973.

Vaclav, Operation Daybreak, 1975.

Judge Brack, Hedda, Brut Productions, 1975.

Mr. TowWouse, Joseph Andrews, 1977.

Father Anselmo, The Devil's Advocate (also known as Des Teufels Advokat ), 1978.

William Morris, News from Nowhere, 1978.

Porton, The ThirtyNine Steps, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1978.

Kenwood (some sources cite Kenward), Agatha, 1979.

Nigel Lawton, Rough Cut, 1980.

The Antagonists, 1980.

Captain de Wet, Cry Freedom, Universal, 1987.

Dr. Rees, Consuming Passions, GoldwynEuston/Samuel Goldwyn, 1988.

Edward the King, 1997.

King Francis, Ever After, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1998.

Pierre Cauchon, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (also known as Joan of Arc and Jeanne d'Arc ), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999.

Judge, 102 Dalmatians, Buena Vista, 2000.

Jones, The Fourth Angel (also known as Vengeance secrete ), Artisan Entertainment, 2001.

Older Maurice, Iris, Paramount/Miramax, 2001.

Hugh Burrell, Villa des roses, Dream Rock/Moonstone Entertainment, 2002.

Voice of Dymas, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (animated), DreamWorks, 2003.

Lawrence Bauford, Beyond Borders, Paramount, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Lennox, Big Breadwinner Hogg, ITV (England), 1969.

Bradley Hardacre, Brass, Granada (England), 19831984.

BrigadierGeneral Andrew Thomson, The Monocled Mutineer, BBC (England), 1987.

Voice of King Otto, The Big Knights, BBC2, 1999.

Andrew Oldfield, Bedtime, BBC1, 2001.

Presenter, Water World, ITV, 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Young Mortimer, Edward II, BBC (England), 1972.

Winston Churchill, Churchill and the Generals, BBC, 1979.

Lord Easterfield, Agatha Christie's "Murder Is Easy " (also known as Murder Is Easy ), CBS, 1982.

Mr. Bumble, Oliver Twist, CBS, 1982.

Russell, Florence Nightingale, NBC, 1985.

Rex Fortescue, "Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Series II" (also known as "Miss Marple: A Pocketful of Rye," "A Pocketful of Rye," and "A Murder Is Announced"), Mystery!, PBS, 1986.

Mikhail Gorbachev, The Summit: A Nuclear Age Drama (also known as Breakthrough at Reykjavik ), PBS, 1987.

Albert Parker, When We Are Married, BBC, 1987.

William Faraday, "Police at the Funeral" (also known as "Campion"), Mystery!, PBS, 1989.

Harry King, Harry's Kingdom, Arts and Entertainment, 1989.

Derek Blore, Blore M.P., BBC, 1989.

Colonel Wilfred "Jumbo" Wood, "The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story" (also known as "Why Lockerbie?"), HBO Showcase, HBO, 1990.

Martin Pinzon, Bye Bye Columbus, BBC, 1991.

Voice of Prospero, The Tempest (animated), HBO, 1993.

Sir Bob Luckton, Eleven Men against Eleven, Channel 4 (England), 1995.

Narrator, Over Here, BBC, 1996.

Sir Christopher Ellis, Station Jim, BBC, 2001.

Title role, Martin Luther (also known as Empires: Martin Luther ), PBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Horatio Bottomley, The Edwardians, BBC (England), 1972.

Edward VII, Edward the King (also known as Edward the Seventh and The Royal Victorians ), ATV (England), 1975.

Josiah Bounderby, Hard Times, PBS, 1977.

Porfiry, Crime and Punishment, PBS, 1979.

Emperor Vespasian, Masada (also known as The Antagonists ), ABC, 1981.

Winston Churchill, The Last Bastion, 10 Network (Australia), 1984.

Mr. Morris, Tender Is the Night, Showtime, 1985.

Captain Charles Baldwin Clutterback, Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun (also known as The Beryl Markham Story and A Shadow on the Sun: The Life of Beryl Markham ), CBS, 1988.

Deputy Chief Inspector Jimmy McInnes, Framed, Arts and Entertainment, 1993.

Frank Sheringham, Smokescreen, BBC, 1994.

Winston Churchill, Hiroshima, Showtime, 1995.

Mr. Baker, "Rebecca," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1997.

Funny Women, BBC, 1998.

Voice, A History of Britain, History Channel, 2000.

Colonel Kindersley, Bramwell VI, PBS, 2001.

John Dickens, Dickens, PBS, 2002.

Looking for Victoria, BBC, 2003.

Sir Robert Armstrong, The Alan Clark Diaries, BBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Feet Foremost (also known as Mystery and Imagination: Feet Foremost ), ITV (England), 1968.

Bolingbroke, The Tragedy of King Richard II, BBC (England), 1970.

"The After Dinner Game," Play for Today, 1975.

Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Henry VIII and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry VIII ), PBS, 1979.

Himself, An Audience with Alf Garnett, ITV, 1997.

Gloucester, King Lear, 1997, then PBS, 1998.

Voice of Hrothgar, Animated Epics: Beowulf (also known as Beowulf ), HBO, 1998.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Jack Campion, "Two and Two Are TwentyTwo," ThirtyMinute Theatre, 1967.

Sam Grimes, "Vendetta for a Dead Man," Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), ITV (England), 1970.

Albert Taylor, "Royal Jelly," Tales of the Unexpected, ITV1, 1980.

Professor Furie, "Wives of Great Men," A Very Peculiar Practice, BBC (England), 1986.

Amateur theatre director, After Henry, c. 1987.

Dr. Adams, "A Severe Case of Death," Murder Most Horrid, BBC1, 1994.

Tufty McDuff, "We Don't Want to Lose You," Goodnight Sweetheart, BBC, 1998.

Tufty McDuff, "But We Think You Have to Go," Goodnight Sweetheart, 1998.

Marcus Devere, "Judgement Day," Midsomer Murders, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Dr. William Collins, "Mercy," Murder in Mind, BBC, 2001.

Himself, Richard and Judy, Channel 4 (England), 2003.

Appeared as Alexander in an episode of Heartbreak High.

Television Appearances; Other:

The Boswell and Johnson Show, 1970.

Convent chaplain, Undercovers Hero (also known as Hard Battles and Soft Beds and Soft Beds, Hard Battles ), 1973.

John BodkinAdams, The Good Doctor BodkinAdams (also known as Death by Prescription ), 1986.

Government inspector, What the Butler Saw, 1987.

The Contractor, 1988.

Strife, 1988.

Beecham, 1989.

Parvus, Lenin: The Train (also known as Quel treno per Pietrogrado, Un train pour Petrograd, and Der Zug ), 1990.

Survival of the Fittest, 1990.

Reith to the Nation, 1993.

Chairman of the inquiry, The Place of the Dead, 1996.

Lord Mellow, Cuts, 1996.

Colonel Kindersley, Bramwell: Our Brave Boys, 1998.

Television Work:

Compiler and producer of recital programs in England.


Audio Books:

Narrator, The Touch of Innocents, by Michael Dobbs, Chivers Audio Books, 1997.

Narrator, A History of Britain, by Simon Schama, Audio Renaissance, 2001.


Meetings, Bloody Meetings, Video Arts, 1976.

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