Compelling dark comedy The Father is coming to the West End


The ‘most acclaimed new play of the decade’ is transferring to the Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited eight-week run

Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner will reprise their roles in The Father

Written by French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, whose been hailed as “one of the hottest literary talents in France,” the black comedy The Father is coming to the Wyndham’s Theatre this September.

France’s highest honour in theatre

In 2014 The Father won the Moliere Award for Best Play, which is France’s highest theatre honour.

Crisply translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by James Macdonald, The Father has been met with much acclaim at both the Theatre Royal Bath and the Tricycle Theatre.

Kenneth Cranham will reprise his role as Andre, an eighty-year-old former tap dancer who now lives with his daughter Ann and her husband Antoine. Was Andre really a tap dancer or was he an engineer? And does his daughter really live in London with her lover Pierre? Andre wonders why he is still in his pyjamas and why he can’t find his watch…

Winner of the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress, Claire Skinner will also reprise her role in The Father at the Wyndham’s Theatre. 

Five star reviews

This compellingly witty play has generated an unprecedented barrage of eight five star reviews from the major newspaper theatre critics, described by the Independent as:

“Brilliant… makes your brain hum with the unique potential of theatre”.

“Ferocious, charming, playful”, wrote The Guardian.

“The Father is a revelation, as sharp and surprising a play as you’ll see all year,” said the Times.

What promises to be an unmissable new dark comedy on the West End, The Father is showing at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 30 September to 21 November, 2015.