By Simon Rocker, February 10, 2011
Samantha Spiro, fresh from winning the Best Female Comedy Breakthrough Award for her portrayal of the dopey aunt in the sitcom Grandma's House, is heading for a more serious role this summer.
She will star as the Jewish matriarch Sarah Kahn in the Royal Court's long-awaited revival of Sir Arnold Wesker's Chicken Soup With Barley. The play, set amid the turbulent politics of the 1930s, was last staged by the Royal Court 50 years ago.
Spiro appeared in its sequel Roots as the non-Jewish Beattie a decade ago but she returns to Wesker, several awards and two daughters later.