Simon Friend Entertainment

The Forest

Produced in association with Hampstead Theatre

At this turning-point of his life, Pierre finds himself tormented by the conflicting demands of family, career and sexual desire. His struggle to resolve this crisis, without fracturing his marriage or compromising his moral code, is explored in unsettling ways in the World Premiere of Florian Zeller’s uncompromising and mysterious play. It is translated, as ever, by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jonathan Kent, who re-unites with Zeller after his production of The Height of the Storm, which was critically acclaimed in London and on Broadway.

“I’m telling you a story, if that’s all right by you. Apparently you’ve no objection to telling stories yourself. Am I right?”

Florian Zeller’s play The Father (Wyndham’s) has the status of a modern classic and the screen adaptation won the 2021 Academy Award for Zeller and Christopher Hampton. His recent plays in London include The Son (Duke of York’s), The Height of the Storm (Wyndham’s), The Mother (Kiln), The Truth (Wyndham’s) and The Lie (Menier).

Multiple-award winning playwright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton won an Academy Award for his screen adaptation of his play Les Liaisons Dangereuses (as Dangerous Liaisons). He was also nominated for adapting Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement in 2007. Hampton has previously translated Zeller’s The Father, The Mother and The Truth.

Jonathan Kent returns to Hampstead Theatre, having previously directed Good People (2014) and The Slaves of Solitude (2017). Kent’s recent credits include Talking Heads (BBC and The Bridge), The Height of the Storm (Wyndham’s), A German Life (The Bridge), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Broadway) and Peter Gynt (National).



Toby Stephens

Gina McKee

Paul McGann

Angel Coulby

Finbar Lynch

Sakuntala Ramanee

Silas Carson

Eddie Toll

Creative Team

Florian Zeller - Writer

Christopher Hampton - Translator

Jonathan Kent - Director

Anna Fleischle - Set & Costume Designer

Hugh Vanstone - Lighting Designer

Isobel Waller-Bridge - Sound Designer & Composer