The Father at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
The Father at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

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Overview

Kenneth Cranham continues in the title role of Florian Zeller’s tragicomedy The Father, which transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre after a critically commended run at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Directed by James McDonald (Bakkhai, Almedia), The Father is a study of the isolating effects of dementia on families and is set to embark on a UK tour.

Previously running at Bath’s Ustinov Studio and London’s Tricycle Theatre, The Father received unprecedented critical acclaim as well as earning three Moliere Awards including Best Play. The run at the Wyndham’s, which starred Claire Skinner as daughter Anne, earned the production five star reviews from national press and quickly became the show to see.

The Father follows the day to day life of the elderly Andre, who struggles to remember his past and present. Alienated by the onslaught of dementia, Andre becomes increasingly aware that he is becoming a burden to his daughter Anne but is entirely unaware of why. Told entirely from the perspective of Andre, the audience are too plunged into a world of confusion which is, at times, distressing, as evermore frustrating situations take place.

Cranham has extensive stage credits on Broadway and the West End, including The Cherry Orchard, The Homecoming, Loot and Entertaining Mr Sloane, and was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Broadway’s An Inspector Calls. Amanda Drew takes over the role of Anne from Claire Skinner, having previously featured in Enron and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Rebecca Charles, Brian Doherty, Daniel Flynn and Jade Williams also join the cast. The creative time include set design by Miriam Buether, lighting by Guy Hoare and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Recommended for

Those who missed the production at the Wyndham’s now have the opportunity to see it at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Fans of gripping dramas will enjoy this revealing production.

Age Recommendations: 12+ years

Dates and times

Running time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Opened: 24 Feb 2016
Press night: 17 May 2016
Booking from: 26 Mar 2016
Booking until: 26 Mar 2016

Location and map

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG

15 Reviews Add review

I really enjoyed this play with Kenneth Cranham in it. He was amazing!! He makes you laugh and he makes you weep. At the end of th... More

amina 13 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I really enjoyed this play with Kenneth Cranham in it. He was amazing!! He makes you laugh and he makes you weep. At the end of the day, I think he really did play his part very well. The play is very well written. You feel genuinely feel for the character. However, I did find the bright flashing lights and the broken record sounds very very annoying and distractive.

amina 13 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Interestingly, I'd not long since seen The Truth which I quite enjoyed, then realised this was the same writer. It was okay, I did... More

mssmittenkitten 5'10, 69 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Interestingly, I'd not long since seen The Truth which I quite enjoyed, then realised this was the same writer. It was okay, I didn't love it. Lots of messing with your mind which was very clever I suppose and made you feel what The Father was feeling with his condition. Very clever set and use of lighting. Glad I saw it, but I was swayed by the reviews.

mssmittenkitten 5'10, 69 reviews, 6 helpful votes

sondheimkid 170, 152 reviews, 24 helpful votes

sondheimkid 170, 152 reviews, 24 helpful votes

sondheimkid 170, 152 reviews, 24 helpful votes

sondheimkid 170, 152 reviews, 24 helpful votes

While it won't be for everyone - the subject of dementia is a difficult one - the play deals with it wonderfully. As an audience m... More

suehall 23 reviews, 1 helpful vote

While it won't be for everyone - the subject of dementia is a difficult one - the play deals with it wonderfully. As an audience member you are drawn into Andre's confusion, and get to laugh with him too. The cast and production are first class.

suehall 23 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Raff 5"11, 128 reviews, 66 helpful votes

Raff 5"11, 128 reviews, 66 helpful votes

Raff 5"11, 128 reviews, 66 helpful votes

Raff 5"11, 128 reviews, 66 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 236 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 236 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I fell in love with this show, beautifully designed, directed and executed. It is wholly heartbreaking.

jordnich 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I fell in love with this show, beautifully designed, directed and executed. It is wholly heartbreaking.

jordnich 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes