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THREE BLACK COMEDIES

The Father

by Florian Zeller, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton, commissioned by the Ustinov Studio.

16 October - 15 November 2014

Kenneth Cranham

Kenneth Cranham

Kenneth Cranham plays Andre*

Lia Williams

Lia Williams

Colin Tierney

Colin Tierney

Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty

The Father

The Father

The Father

The Father

The Father

The Father

Overview

WINNER OF THREE MOLIERE AWARDS INCLUDING BEST PLAY 2014

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.

Author of this intriguing and compelling black comedy, Florian Zeller, has been hailed as “one of the hottest literary talents in France” (independent). The Father (Le Père) is the winner of the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play. The Molieres are considered France’s highest theatrical honour.

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 Maleficent, Hot Fuzz, Oliver! and Hellbound: Hellraiser II.

LIA WILLIAM's extensive stage credits include Oleanna, Old Times , A Streetcar Named Desire and she received a Tony Award nomination for Skylight. Her films include Dirty Weekend and she starred in Mr Wroe's Virgins, Seaforth and Secret State on television.

Christopher Hampton has translated plays by ibsen, Molière, Chekhov and yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3). He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the adaptation of his own play, Dangerous Liaisons. He was nominated again in 2007 for adapting ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. His television work includes adaptations of The History Man and Hotel du Lac.

James Macdonald has worked extensively Off Broadway where he was recently the winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best Director for Love and Information. He was Associate Director of the Royal Court from 1992 to 2007 and his numerous credits range from Cock, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You and the European and US tours of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis to Exiles at the National Theatre and Glengarry Glen Ross in the West End.


Reviews

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5 Star Rating A distinguished rendering of an original drama. It is surely due to spread its wings. It is certainly another one up for the Ustinov, where Laurence Boswell’s inventive programming is giving Bath a new theatrical buzz - The Observer

5 Star Rating Brilliant ... the acting is masterly ... Kenneth Cranham gives a remarkable performance - Daily Mail

5 Star Rating It’s a play that constantly confounds expectations and works almost like a thriller ... James Macdonald's brilliantly controlled production.... Christopher Hampton’s translation is just so and the performances are spot on....Best of all is Kenneth Cranham’s Andre: ferocious, charming, playful, infuriating and increasingly broken. Colin Tierney hides Pierre’s resentments under a crocodile smile, and Lia Williams never attempts to make Anne sympathetic, offering instead a troubled grace that makes us feel for her situation all the more - Guardian

4 Star Rating Fantastic ... a controlled, unforgettable portrait - The Times

5 Star Rating In this tour de force, the Ustinov is exceeding the already high standards it has set in previous years - The Public Reviews

5 Star Rating A fine play, which in Kenneth Cranham, is matched by a performance of great stature - StageTalk Magazine

4 Star Rating A mesmerising play ... Cranham gives a supreme, multifaceted performance - The Stage

4 Star Rating A work which skilfully draws the audience in ... The subject might be heavyweight but the humour continually lightens the load - Bristol Post

It’s no wonder this play won France’s highest theatrical award (a Moliere) for its writer, and James Macdonald’s Bath production does it proud - Fine Times Recorder


Cast

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André - Kenneth Cranham

Anne - Lia Williams

Pierre - Colin Tierney

Laura - Jade Williams

Man - Brian Doherty

Woman - Rebecca Charles


Info

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Directed by James Macdonald

Designer Miriam Buether

Lighting Designer Guy Hoare

Sound Designer Christopher Shutt

Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 16th October)
Sat Matinees: 2.30pm
Press Performance: Wednesday 22nd October 7pm

  • Post Show Discussion: Thursday 30th October after evening performance


Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts
Preview Performances 16th - 21st October and Mondays: All seats £10

Running Time: 95 minutes (no interval)

£2.50 transaction fee when booking online, plus an additional £1.00 postage fee, if required.

A Booking Fee will apply to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. For all transactions of £15 or more the fee will be a total of £2.50, regardless of how many tickets are booked. For all transactions under £15 the fee will be £1.

£2.50 transaction fee when booking online, plus an additional £1.00 postage fee, if required.

A Booking Fee will apply to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. For all transactions of £15 or more the fee will be a total of £2.50, regardless of how many tickets are booked. For all transactions under £15 the fee will be £1.


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