One of the most highly acclaimed new plays of the last decade, The Father, comes to Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 3 - 7 May, with Olivier Award Best Actor winner, Kenneth Cranham recreating his West End role direct from a celebrated second London run.
Written by one of France’s most celebrated living playwrights, Florian Zeller, hailed as “one of the hottest literary talents in France” (The Independent), and winner of the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play, France’s highest theatrical honour, The Father has dazzled audiences and critics alike since it first opened and received an unprecedented ten five-star reviews from major national newspaper critics.
This crisp and witty translation by Christopher Hampton of the intriguing and compelling drama stars Kenneth Cranham, who reprises his unforgettable performance as Andre, and is joined by Amanda Drew, as his daughter Anne.
Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.
One of the country’s most illustrious actors, Kenneth Cranham’s myriad credits include An Inspector Calls on Broadway. His many West End stage credits include Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Loot, The Birthday Party and Gaslight. He has performed at London’s Royal Court and the National Theatre on numerous occasions. On television, he played the title role in Shine On Harvey Moon; and his extensive credits range from Merlin, Tess Of The D’urbervilles, The Line Of Beauty And Rome, to Our Mutual Friend, The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall and El Cid. His film work includes Maleficent, Made In Dagenham, Valkyrie, Hot Fuzz, Layer Cake, Oliver!, Two Men Went To War, The Boxer, Under Suspicion, Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Chocolat. For his role in The Father, Kenneth won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Actor and the 2015 Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.
Amanda Drew’s theatre credits includeThree Days In The Country (National Theatre), Love And Information (Royal Court) and Enron (Royal Court, West End), whilst her TV credits include EastEndersand Broadchurch. Rebecca Charles and Jade Williams play their original roles as Woman and Laura respectively, and are joined by Brian Doherty and Daniel Flynn.
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