About the showFollowing a successful West End run at Wyndham's, Florian Zeller's outstanding and touching play will enjoy a West End revival at the Duke of York's Theatre. Kenneth Cranham will reprise his role as Andre, an 80-year old man who begins to lose his grip on reality.
When it opened at Bath's Ustinov Studio and the Tricycle Theatre in London, The Father received unprecedented critical accolades; five star reviews from all national press and was the winner of three Moliere Awards (France's highest theatrical honour), including Best Play. This production is in translation from the original French by Christopher Hampton and is directed by former Royal Court Associate, James MacDonald.
The Father is a black tragi-comedy that follows the daily life of Andre, who is increasingly alienated by the development of dementia, and whose illness puts a strain on his relationship with his daughter, Anne. Told from the perspective of Andre, the audience joins him in struggling to comprehend ever more confusing situations.
Star of stage and screen, Kenneth Cranham has appeared in The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre), The Homecoming (Almeida), and West End productions of Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Loot, The Birthday Party and Gaslight. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Stephen Daldry's An Inspector Calls on Broadway. Screen credits include Maleficent, Hot Fuzz and Oliver! Cranham will be joined by Amanda Drewe, who will play Anne, as well as Rebecca Charles, Brian Doherty, Daniel Flynn and Jade Williams.
The Father will open at the Duke of York's Theatre on the 24th February 2016 and will play there until 26th March 2016.