BEING a real-life father of the bride is not something that actor Steven Pinder has yet had to contend with,
BEING a real-life father of the bride is not something that actor Steven Pinder has yet had to contend with, writes Lesley Potter.
The stage and screen veteran, best known as Max Farnham in the Liverpool-based soap, Brookside, doesn’t seem to have had any trouble from his daughters — at least, not in the boyfriend department. The youngest is only five, while 22-year-old Helen has never brought home an undesirable, nor demanded a hefty whack of money for a wedding.
This is the dilemma that faces his latest character Stanley Banks in the new production Father Of The Bride at the Mill at Sonning, which opened this week.
He said: “The play is based on the original American book by Edward Streeter, and it’s been made into two films — one with Steve Martin and an earlier Fifties version with a very young Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy as her dad.
“It’s steeped in American culture — sort of the American Dream gone wrong — but as far as we know this is the first time anyone has actually done the play in this country.”
The comedy is about a daddy’s little girl who announces her engagement — then comes the furore.
Her dad, Stanley, has to contend with an ever-growing guest list, bills from caterers and florists, and debates on who and who will not be invited.
Who can blame him under the circumstances for offering his daughter a substantial sum to elope?
“He has a huge issue with money,” says Pinder, 53. “Being a banker, it’s all to do with numbers and figures. He’s led a prudent and thrifty life.”
When asked if he himself has led a thrifty and prudent life, he laughs. “No! I became an actor. That’s not making a prudent or thrifty choice, but it’s too late now.”
Pinder, who is married to his Brookside co-star Stephanie Chambers, lives in Chester, but this is his third outing at the dinner-theatre venue in Sonning — last year he appeared in the farce Scared To Death.
lFather Of The Bride is at the Mill at Sonning Theatre until July 6. 0118 969 8000 or visit www.millatsonning.com