The Father at the at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Florian Zeller’s Molière award-winning play The Father returns to the West End
Winner of three Moliere Awards including Best Play 2014, The Tricycle theatre & Theatre Royal Bath’s critically acclaimed production of The Father returns to the West End following it a sell-out run at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2015.
Florian Zeller’s play, starring Kenneth Cranham, takes us into the confused world of an elderly man and his carer daughter.
The Father makes us see things as if through the confused eyes of Andre, as he struggles to make sense of a progressively befuddling world. Sound grim? It’s not. It’s a play that constantly confounds expectations.
The Father runs from 24 February 2016 until 26 March 2016 at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.
The Father by Florian Zeller, in a translation by Christopher Hampton is directed by James Macdonald, with scenic design by Miriam Buether, lighting by Guy Hoare and sound by Christopher Shutt.
Kenneth Cranham reprises his role as Andre alongside Amanda Drew (Three Days in the Country, Enron, Broadchurch) as Anne, Rebecca Charles (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Brian Doherty (Call the Midwife), Daniel Flynn (Stephen Ward) and Jade Williams (Young Chekhov Trilogy).
★★★★★ ‘Ferocious, Charming and playful’ Guardian
★★★★★ ‘A distinguished rendering of an original drama’ The Observer
★★★★★ ‘The Father is a quietly spoken revelation’ The Times
★★★★★ ‘It’s as sharp and surprising a play as you’ll see all year’ The Times
★★★★★ ‘Mesmerising’ The Stage
★★★★★ ‘Heartbreaking… most moving’ The Independent
‘★★★★★ ‘A searingly honest, admirably empathetic piece of work’ Time Out
Reviews are from the Tricycle theatre production starring Claire Skinner and Kenneth Cranham