Following acclaimed runs at the Ustinov Studio in Bath and the Tricycle Theatre in London, Florian Zeller’s Moliere play, The Father will transfer to the West End for a limited season.
Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner will reprise their performances in the production which opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 5th October (previews from 30th September) for a limited run until 21st November 2015. In the two weeks prior to the transfer, the production will play the Cambridge Arts Theatre between 15th and 26th September.
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.
Nominated for a Tony Award for Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls on Broadway, Kenneth Cranham’s numerous stage credits also include The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre, The Homecoming at the Almeida and West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, The Birthday Party and Gaslight. Screen credits range from the title role in Shine On Harvey Moon to Layer Cake, Maleficent, Hot Fuzz, Oliver! and Hellbound: Hellraiser II.
For her role in The Glass Menagerie at the Donmar Warehouse, Claire Skinner won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress and the Time Out Award for Best Performance Off West End, as well as earning an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Performance. Her theatre credits also include performances at the National Theatre, RSC, Almeida, Liverpool Everyman and the West End. Television credits include a BAFTA nominated performance in five series of ‘Outnumbered’, as well as ‘Silk’, ‘Homefront’, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Lark Rise To Candleford’, while in film she has appeared in ‘When Did You Last See Your Father’, ‘Strings’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’.
The cast also includes Rebecca Charles with additional casting to be announced. James Macdonald directs with design by Miriam Buether, lighting by Guy Hoare and sound by Christopher Shutt.
The Father was named West End Frame's Show of the Month in May