The Father at Wyndham's Theatre tickets
The Father at Wyndham's Theatre tickets

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About the show

Tony and Olivier award nominees Kenneth Graham and Claire Skinner star in Florian Zeller’s darkly comic masterpiece that subtly examines the life of a man increasingly adrift from reality. The Father is the most critically acclaimed play of the last decade, with an unprecedented number of 5-star reviews and the highest accolade in France as recipient of the 2014 Molière Award for Best Play.

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 for

The 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 +

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Opened: 30 Sep 2015
Press night: 05 Oct 2015
Booking from: 21 Nov 2015
Booking until: 21 Nov 2015

Location and map

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DA

5 Reviews Add review

This show was so moving and so well performed by all the cast.The simple use of the ever but subtle changes in the set built the atmosphere... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 helpful votes

The play was very touching, with fantastic performances.

sergioAraujo 192 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A heartbreaking descent into the depths of dementia. Wonderful cast and a stunning performance from Kenneth Cranham.

ollypg 6'0", 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

amyjacksonives 5”6, 27 reviews, 1 helpful vote

debrawild 5'2, 102 reviews, 14 helpful votes