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    ...as riveting as it is devastating
    Theatre Weekly
    the acting throughout is excellent
    The Guardian

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It's a good year for French playwright Florian Zeller; he’s working on a film adaptation of his play The Father which will star Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins. And now The Son, the final part in the same trilogy, transfers to the West End. See this acclaimed and exquisitely written piece at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 August.

Written in 2018 and translated from the original French by Christopher Hampton, The Son had its UK premiere at London’s Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle) in February 2019. It was an “immaculate production", according to The Guardian's Michael Billington. The play completes the triptych that begins with The Mother and The Father.

Teenager Nicolas is unravelling. He skips school, engages in self-harm and resists his psychiatrist’s attempts to mend him. It’s clear he’s deeply depressed. Anne and Pierre are at a loss for what to do as their son’s mood becomes ever more desperate, only occasionally punctured by moments of soaring, incongruous joy.

The Duke of York’s run sees the cast of the Kiln Theatre run reprise their roles. Laurie Kynaston stars as Nicolas. Amanda Abbington plays Anne, John Light is Pierre and Amaka Okafor takes the part of Sofia.

Florian Zeller is the writer behind The Height of the Storm, which enjoyed an acclaimed run at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre in 2018. He is the recipient of a Prix Interallié and several Molière Awards.

Michael Longhurst (Bad Jews, The History Boys) directs. Translation is by Christopher Hampton. The production is designed by Lizzie Clachan. Lee Curran is the lighting designer, Isobel Waller-Bridge is the composer and sound designer, and Amy Ball is casting director.

Here’s another chance to see Longhurst’s stunning production of The Son. An emotional gut punch that will linger long in the mind, the play runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 August, with an opening night on 2 September.

Performance dates: 01 Nov 2019 - 02 Nov 2019

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (no interval)

Age recommendation: Recommended 14+

Special notice: If you caught Zeller's remarkable The Height of the Storm at Wyndham's Theatre, be sure to catch The Son, which features the playwright's signature emotional weightiness and subtle writing. Please be aware that the play's themes of mental illness and loss means it isn't suitable for those under the age of 14.

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Latest audience reviews

I cannot find words to describe how this play made me feel - maybe because there were certain aspects... More

wesleym 29 Sep 2019

I cannot find words to describe how this play made me feel - maybe because there were certain aspects that I can really relate to, so it had a huge impact in my emotions. I don’t even think I blinked during the performance... there are also some funny moments that make you laugh amongst all sadness. The acting was superb. Definitely a 5 star!

wesleym 29 Sep 2019

The play was slow to get going. This is a subject that is currently very topical and can be tough to... More

sueseaman 22 Sep 2019

The play was slow to get going. This is a subject that is currently very topical and can be tough to watch. A few laughs sling the way. Performances solid. We saw the understudy “son” but being none the wiser we were happy with his portrayal.

sueseaman 22 Sep 2019

Rather harrowing and frustrating to watch the parents fail to listen to and ultimately fail their son.... More

leepeddie 12 Oct 2019

Rather harrowing and frustrating to watch the parents fail to listen to and ultimately fail their son. Must be tough on the actors to perform this over and over. Quality acting, but Laurie Kynaston (the son) stood out with his emotional & convincing performance.

leepeddie 12 Oct 2019

One of the best plays I have ever seen. If you like gut wrenching, emotional drama this is for you. Be... More

sarahp9 21 Sep 2019

One of the best plays I have ever seen. If you like gut wrenching, emotional drama this is for you. Be warned, it’s about teenage depression which can of course be quite upsetting. I think it’s a great subject to tackle and definitely helps to raise awareness. Florian Zeller is a genius. I loved this play and all of the actors. (Look out for the others in the trilogy which have been broadcast on Radio Three)

sarahp9 21 Sep 2019

A very emotional, raw piece of theatre focusing on a boy's mental health as he comes to terms with the... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer06 Sep 2019

A very emotional, raw piece of theatre focusing on a boy's mental health as he comes to terms with the divorce of his parents. Some excellent acting on stage (though I feel Amanda Abbington was slighly underused). Not Florian Zeller's best play (that for me is still 'The Father') but still worth seeing for some great acting.

joc78 Top 10 reviewer06 Sep 2019

I found this play incredibly interesting. A play about mental health in a teenager. The acting was superb.... More

mariabell Top 100 reviewer18 Sep 2019

I found this play incredibly interesting. A play about mental health in a teenager. The acting was superb. Watching this play was difficult and reinforced the need to understand that which is not understandable! A mixture of emotions.

mariabell Top 100 reviewer18 Sep 2019
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