"a portrayal of family life that will leave you reeling"
-Theatre Weekly-

"I’d defy anyone not to be moved by this study of the disruptive dynamics of family life."
-The Guardian-

"The Son is a powerful, important work"
-The Evening Standard-

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About the show

Playwright Florian Zeller's emotionally powerful The Son receives its West End transfer, following its UK premiere at the Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle). See this sublimely written study of teenage depression at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 August.

The piece has been translated from the original French by Christopher Hampton and made its UK premiere at the Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle) in February 2019. The Son is the final piece in the trilogy that starts with The Mother and The Father.

Teenager Nicolas is firmly in the clutches of depression. As his powerless parents watch, he plays truant from school, self-harms and resists his psychiatrist’s attempts to help him. Between his mother, his peers and his father's new family, life for Nicolas seems ever more difficult to handle.

The original cast members reprise their roles for the West End transfer. Laurie Kynaston stars as Nicolas alongside Amanda Abbington as Anne, John Light as Pierre and Amaka Okafor as Sofia.

Florian Zeller's other plays include The Height of the Storm, which ran at Wyndham's Theatre in 2018. He has been awarded a Prix Interallié and several Molière Awards.

Michael Longhurst (The History Boys, Bad Jews) directs. The play's translation is by Christopher Hampton. Design comes from Lizzie Clachan, lighting design comes from Lee Curran, composeitions and sound design comes from Isobel Waller-Bridge, and Amy Ball is casting director.

Don't miss Longhurst’s evocative production of The Son when it plays the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 August. Opening night falls on 2 September.

Who Should See It?

Fans of Zeller's previous works, such as The Height of the Storm and The Father, will find the playwright at his emotionally articulate best here. Families should be aware that the show's themes of mental illness and loss render it unsuitable for young children.

Playing at

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Seating Plan

Duke of York's Theatre seating plan

Booking period

24th Aug 2019

20th Feb 2020

2nd Nov 2019

Running time

1 hour 45 minutes (no interval)


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