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

The Son tickets from £15.00

Tickets from £15.00

About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 14+

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Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 24 Aug 2019
Press night: 02 Sep 2019
Booking from: 18 Sep 2019
Booking until: 02 Nov 2019

Next available performances

Thursday 19 Sep 2019--7:30pm
Friday 20 Sep 2019--7:30pm
Saturday 21 Sep 20193:00pm7:30pm
Monday 23 Sep 2019--7:30pm
Tuesday 24 Sep 2019--7:30pm
Wednesday 25 Sep 20193:00pm7:30pm
Thursday 26 Sep 2019--7:30pm

Location and map

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

29 Reviews Add review

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... More

joc78 5"4, 386 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Bravo to the actors, really enjoyed their performances, they put their heart and soul into it. The show was very enthralling, the story... More

theatreangel 21 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Sad, funny and thought provoking, all the cast were believable but Laurier kynaston as The Son was amazing

susanclements 5ft 3, 69 reviews, 1 helpful vote

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 370 reviews, 37 helpful votes

Theatretrek54 5'8, 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

HollyJ 170cm, 80 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Powerful, intense, emotional. Raises many social issues. Stunning cast performances.

rachelgreene 90 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Excellent play. Highly recommend.

maggiew2 1 review, 0 helpful votes

elviraparr 29 reviews, 0 helpful votes