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

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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+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 24 Aug 2019
Press night: 02 Sep 2019
Booking from: 01 Nov 2019
Booking until: 02 Nov 2019

Location and map

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

91 Reviews Add review

Rather harrowing and frustrating to watch the parents fail to listen to and ultimately fail their son. Must be tough on the actors... More

leepeddie 176, 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

wesleym 173cm, 35 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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... More

sueseaman 5’ 6”, 48 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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... More

sarahp9 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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, 404 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Incredibly powerful play which is exceptionally well staged and acted. A really important play which everyone should see.

rikkiONshow 178cm, 306 reviews, 5 helpful votes

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

mariabell 5'10, 39 reviews, 1 helpful vote

tobycoulton 5"5, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Tash11e 6'0", 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes