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The Father

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.



Kenneth Cranham

Claire Skinner

Colin Tierney

Rebecca Charles

Jade Williams

Creative Team

Writer - Florian Zeller

Translator - Christopher Hampton

Director – James Macdonald

Designer – Miriam Buether

Lighting – Guy Hoare

Sound – Chris Shutt



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 year’ The 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