Veteran Footlights actor takes to the stage once more

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When Lancaster Footlights takes to the stage with its forthcoming production of A View from the Bridge, it will mark the latest in a long line of appearances for Honorary Life Member Peter Sampson.

He will be playing the lawyer Alfieri in the renowned Arthur Miller play which tells the story of jealousy and betrayal in 1950’s New York.

A former LRGS teacher of English and drama, Peter joined Footlights in 1961.

One of his earliest stage appearances was in The Shifting Heart penned by Australian dramatist Richard Beynon. Ironically, its theme of illegal immigration echoes the underlying story of this upcoming production. He has gone on to appear in or direct over 70 plays at The Grand since then. He won Best Actor Award at Morecambe Festival for his role in Alan Ayckbourne’s Absurd Person Singular and has appeared in two productions of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, once as a young man and some years later as that character’s father! In 2002 he directed Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code- a biographical drama about Alan Turing and he was last seen on stage in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys in 2013.

A View from the Bridge, directed by Carol Williamson runs from February 18 - 22 at 7.30pm. Tickets, from £7.50, available from 01524 64694 or www.lancastergrand.co.uk.