THE FATHER returns to the West End for a limited five week run prior to a national tour
February 5, 2016  //  By:   //  News  //  Comments are off

Following successful runs at the Theatre Royal Bath, the Tricycle Theatre in London and a West End season at Wyndham’s Theatre, Florian Zeller’s Moliere award-winning play, THE FATHER, will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited five week run, 24th February – 26th March 2016, prior to a national tour.

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Kenneth Cranham, recipient of the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performances in 2015, reprises his role as Andre. 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.

Nominated for a Tony Award for Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls on Broadway, Kenneth Cranham’s numerous stage credits also include The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre, The Homecoming at the Almeida and West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, The Birthday Party and Gaslight. Screen credits range from the title role in Shine On Harvey Moon to Layer Cake, MaleficentHot FuzzOliver! and Hellbound: Hellraiser II.

Evening Standard Award nominee Amanda Drew will play Anne. Theatre credits include Three Days in the Country (National Theatre), Love and Information (Royal Court) and Enron (Royal Court, West End) whilst TV credits includeBroadchurch.

The cast also includes; Rebecca Charles (‘Homefront’, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Julius Caesar) Brian Doherty (‘Call the Midwife’, Tomcat, Death of a Comedian), Daniel Flynn (Stephen Ward, 55 Days, Richard II) and Jade Williams (Young Chekov Trilogy, Doctor Faustus, Romeo and Juliet).

Director James Macdonald has worked extensively off Broadway where he was recently the winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best Director for Love and Information. He was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1992 to 2007 and his credits include Cock, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, the European and US tours of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, Exiles at the National Theatre, and Glengarry Glen Ross in the West End.

Florian Zeller is fast becoming one of France’s most well-known contemporary playwrights. His 2010 play The Mother was the winner of the Moliere Award, France’s highest theatrical honour.

Translator Christopher Hampton’s own work includes The Philanthropist, Savages, Tales From Hollywood and Les Liaisons Dangereuse. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, Chekhov and Yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3).

Designed by Miriam Buether; lighting designed by Guy Hoare; sound designed by Christopher Shutt. Presented in the West End by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, the Tricycle Theatre and Simon Friend.


Duke of York’s Theatre
24th February – 26th March 2016
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Following the West End, THE FATHER embarks on a UK tour, visiting Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, w/c 28th March; Hall for Cornwall, w/c 4th April; Richmond Theatre, w/c 11th April; Theatre Royal Newcastle, w/c 18th April; Brighton Theatre Royal, w/c 25th April; Birmingham Rep, w/c 2nd May; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, w/c 9th May. For information on the tour please contact Jane Morgan Associates on 020 7263 9867.

Photo: Simon Annand