The Father

by Florian Zeller

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Wyndham’s Theatre (September – November 2015)

Duke of York’s Theatre (February – March 2015)

UK Tour (April – May 2016)

WINNER – KENNETH CRANHAM, 2016 OLIVIER AWARD – BEST ACTOR

 

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.

 

Author of this intriguing and compelling black comedy, Florian Zeller, has been hailed as “one of the hottest literary talents in France” (Independent). The Father (Le Père) is the winner of the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play. The Molieres are considered France’s highest theatrical honour.

 

Cast: Kenneth Cranham, Claire Skinner, Colin Tierney, Rebecca Charles, Jade Williams

 

Director – James Macdonald

Designer – Miriam Buether

Lighting – Guy Hoare

Sound – Chris Shutt

 

REVIEWS:

Top Theatre Show of 2014 Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

 

★★★★ ‘A distinguished rendering of an original drama’ The Observer

 

★★★★ ‘A quietly spoken revelation…‘It’s as sharp and surprising a play as you’ll see all yearThe Times

 

★★★★ ‘Excellent… Claire Skinner is quietly moving’ Financial Times

 

★★★★ ‘Kenneth Cranham giving the performance of his life’ WhatsOnStage

 

★★★★‘Brilliant… the acting is masterly’ Daily Mail

 

★★★★‘Ferocious, charming, playful’ The Guardian

 

★★★★ ‘Cranham’s performance is indelible’ Sunday Times

 

★★★★ ‘My play – and my production – of the year so far’ Mail On Sunday

 

★★★★‘Stunning’ Evening Standard