• Claire Skinner joins Kenneth Cranham in the cast
• 2014 Molière Award winner transfers to London following sell-out run at Ustinov Studio in Bath
Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Tricycle Theatre present
By Florian Zeller
In a version by Christopher Hampton
7 May – 13 June
Press night: 12 May at 7pm
Cast: Kenneth Cranham, Claire Skinner, Rebecca Charles,
Jim Sturgeon, Colin Tierney and Jade Williams
Director: James Macdonald; Designer: Miriam Buether; Lighting Designer: Guy Hoare; Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt
The full cast is announced today for The Father, transferring to London following a hugely successful, critically acclaimed run last year at the Ustinov Studio in Bath. Kenneth Cranham, Rebecca Charles, Colin Tierney and Jade Williams reprise their original roles and are joined by new cast members Claire Skinner and Jim Sturgeon. The production opens on 12 May, with previews from 7 May, and runs until 13 June.
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) was the recipient of three Molière Awards in 2014, including for Best New Play.
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.
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 (National Theatre), The Homecoming (Almeida Theatre) 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.
Rebecca Charles plays Woman. Her theatre credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Just Between Ourselves, The Norman Conquests (Salisbury Playhouse), The Old Country (English Touring Theatre), Julius Caesar (Barbican and tour), Great Expectations (Manchester Royal Exchange), Richard III, The Importance of Being Earnest (Derby Playhouse), Hated Nightfall (tour/ Royal Court), The Recruiting Officer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh) and Cyrano de Bergerac (West End). Her television work includes Homefront, The Office, Hear the Silence, Foyle’s War, People Like Us, The Bill, The Peter Principle, Jonathan Creek, Over Here, Jewels, The House of Eliott, Fatal Inversion, The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries – Artists in Crime; and for film, The Heart of Me, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs Brown.
Claire Skinner plays Anne. Her theatre credits include Blurred Lines, Mrs Affleck, A Winter’s Tale, Othello, Invisible Friends (National Theatre), Deathtrap, The Importance Of Being Earnest (West End), Candida (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Glass Menagerie (Donmar / West End), Look Back In Anger (Royal Exchange Manchester), Moonlight (Almeida / West End) and Measure For Measure (RSC). Her television work includes Inside No. 9, Critical (Series Reg), Playhouse Presents: Mr Understood, Silk, Homefront, Doctor Who, Moving On, Outnumbered (five series), The Trial Of Tony Blair, Lark Rise To Candleford, Sense & Sensibility, You Can See Your Friends, The Trial Of Tony Blair, Sense and Sensbility, Life Begins, Trevor’s World Of Sport, The Genius Of Mozart, Bedtime, Perfect Strangers, Brass Eye and Coogan’s Run; and for film, When Did You Last See Your Father, Sleepy Hollow and Life Is Sweet.
Jim Sturgeon plays Man. His theatre credits include The Mill Lavvies, Equus, A Christmas Carol (Dundee Repertory Theatre), Hansel & Gretel, Beauty & The Beast, LIAR (Citizens Theatre), Betrayal (West End), Whispering Happiness (Tristen Bates Theatre), Yellow On The Broom (Perth Theatre) Attempts On Her Life (Tron), A Sheep Called SkyeI (tour), The Cosmonaut’s Last Message To The Girl He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union (BAT Theatre, Berlin), Brief Encounter (Kneehigh Tour USA / Australia). His television work includes A.D. The Bible Continues, Vera, Katie Morag, Shetland, Hope Springs and Tinsel Town. And for film, Iona, Meet Pursuit Delange: The Movie, 71, Edge Of Tomorrow and Will.
Colin Tierney plays Pierre. His theatre credits include Britannia Waves The Rules, The Seagull, Cold Meat Party (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Last Days Of Troy (Royal Exchange Manchester/ Globe Theatre), The Misanthrope (Liverpool Everyman / ETT), Betrayal, Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible), Tartuffe (ETT), Hedda Gabler (Theatre Royal Bath / Tour), The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other, Paul, Guiding Star, The Machine Wreckers, Henry VI and Othello (National Theatre), Duchess Of Malfi (RSC), Ivanov and The Life Of Galileo (Almeida). His television work includes Vera, DCI Banks, Garrow’s Law, New Tricks, Inspector Lynley, Silent Witness, The Walk, Island At War, Serious And Organised, Foyle’s War, The Vice. And for film, Nowhere Boy and Splintered.
Jade Williams plays Laura. Her theatre credits The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World (HighTide), Moon Tiger (Bath Theatre Royal), Sons Without Fathers from Chekhov’s Platonov, Palace of the End (Arcola Theatre), In Basildon (Royal Court), Doctor Faustus, The God of Soho, Henry IV parts I and II, Bedlam, As You Like It and A New World (Shakespeare’s Globe), Romeo and Juliet (Globe/UK tour), Shraddha and Piranha Heights (Soho), Chatroom/Citizenship (National Theatre/Hong Kong Arts Festival) and Market Boy (National Theatre). Her television work includes DCI Banks, Shakespeare Uncovered, Judge John Deed, The Canterbury Tales, Being April, Plotlands, Black Hearts in Battersea, William and Mary, Bad Girls, Serious and Organised, Lloyd & Hill and Mile High; and for film, Anne Frank, Life and Lyrics and Hush Your Mouth.
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 include Cock, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, the European and US tours of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, Exiles at the National Theatre and Glengarry Glen Ross in the West End.
The Father is on stage at the Tricycle Theatre from 7 May – 13 June. Book now.