Christopher Hampton stylishly translates Zeller’s original text as we delve into the unpredictable mind of 80 year-old Andre. The infinitely patient presence, Anne, must tread the fine line between daughter and carer as she considers a move abroad with her husband. Or does she? Or is he her new boyfriend? For 90 minutes the audience sees with Andre’s eyes and hears with his ears. Through his unreliable perspective we see details change, spaces morph, situations repeat and faces we’ve never seen before. An immersive experience described by many as ‘almost unbearably moving’ (Whats On Stage), The Father challenges our desire to piece together a story that makes sense and is a theatrical experience unlike any other.
Hailed by many as a King Lear for the modern age, The Father transfers to Wyndham’s Theatre after hugely successful runs at the Ustinov Studio in Bath and The Tricycle Theatre.
Cranham has had many successful appearances in West End productions, including An Inspector Calls, Loot, and The Birthday Party. He has appeared on screen in Oliver!, Layer Cake, and Valkyrie. Claire Skinner is best known for he starring role in the TV series Outnumbered, but is an accomplished stage actress. Starting out with the Royal Shakespeare Company, she has since appeared in such varied productions as Look Back in Anger, The Glass Menagerie, and Othello.
The Father will open on 30th September 2015 at the Wyndham’s Theatre and will play until 21st November 2015.
Recommended forThe complexities and subtleties in The Father may not make the play accessible for children under 12 years. This play has been lauded as a modern masterpiece, so is not to be missed!
Age Recommendations: Recommended for 12 +