Tricycle Theatre presents the Theatre Royal Bath Production of
By Florian Zeller, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton
21 January – 5 March
Press Night: Tue 26 Jan, 7pm
Directed by Laurence Boswell
Cast: Richard Clothier, Gina McKee, Frances McNamee and William Postlethwaite
The full cast is announced today for The Mother, transferring to the Tricycle Theatre from Ustinov Studio in Bath. Gina McKee, Richard Clothier and William Posthelwaite reprise their original roles and are joined by new cast member Frances McNamee. The production opens on 26 January, with previews from 21 January, and runs until 5 March.
Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas. Now her children are grown and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne broods upon the actions of her husband and longs for the return of her favoured son.
Molière Award-winning playwright Florian Zeller returns to the Tricycle following 2015’s critically-acclaimed sell-out run of The Father which has now transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Florian Zeller is a French novelist and playwright. His work has been translated into several languages, including English. He won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 for his novel Fascination of Evil (La Fascination du Pire) and several Molière Awards for his plays. The Molières are considered France’s highest theatrical honour. Florian Zeller wrote his first novel Artificial Snow when he was twenty-two years old. His second novel, Lovers or Something Like It was well received but it was his third novel, Fascination of Evil (the 2004 Prix Interallié winner) which made him a household name in France. The book was selected for the Prix Goncourt. Theatre credits include L’Autre, Le Manège, Si tu mourais (Prix Jeune Théâtre of the Académie Française), Elle t’attend, La Mère, La Vérité, Le Père, Une Heure de tranquillité and Le Mensonge. His novels include (and UK/US translations) Neiges artificielles (Artificial Snow); Les Amants du n’importe quoi (Lovers or Something Like It); La Fascination du pire (The Fascination of Evil); Julien Parme (Julien Parme) and La Jouissance.
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.
Richard Clothier plays The Father, Peter. For theatre his credits include Play Strindberg (Ustinov Studio; Theatre Royal Bath), King Lear (National Theatre), Fifty Words (Ustinov Studio; Theatre Royal Bath, Arcola Theatre), Richard III (awarded the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance), The Comedy of Errors (Best Touring Production, Theatre Awards UK 2011), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice (Propeller, UK and international tour), Enlightenment (Hampstead Theatre), The Promise (Orange Tree Theatre), Rose Rage (Duke’s Theatre, New York), The Tempest (Sheffield Crucible), The Browning Version (UK national tour/Theatre Royal Bath), Salome (US tour, New York), King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Dybbuk, The Tempest (RSC, Stratford), Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Virtuoso, The Alchemist (RSC, Barbican) and Tango at the End of Winter (Piccadilly Theatre). For television his credits include New Tricks, Henry V, Above Suspicion, Law & Order: UK, Spooks, Kingdom, City of Vice, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders and The Brontës; and for film, Singularity, Hippie Hippie Shake, So This Is Romance? and Bye Bye Columbus.
Gina McKee plays The Mother, Anne. Her theatre credits include Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), King Lear (nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2011 Olivier Awards, Donmar Warehouse/UK tour/ Brooklyn Academy), Di and Viv and Rose (Hampstead Theatre), Ivanov, Old Times (Donmar Warehouse), Aristocrats (National Theatre), Five Kinds of Silence (Lyric Hammersmith) and Hammett’s Apprentice (Royal Court Theatre). For television her credits include By Any Means, Hebburn, Care, The Borgias, Secret State, Line of Duty, Missing, Vera, The Silence, Dive, Fiona’s Story, The Street The Old Curiosity Shop, Lewis, Tsunami Aftermath, The Lavender List, The Baby War, The Lost Prince, The Forsyte Saga, Dice, The Passion, Mothertime, Beyond Fear, The Treasure Seekers, Element of Doubt, Chest, Brass Eye and Our Friends in the North (Best Actress BAFTA 1996); and for film, Taj Mahal, Jimmy P, In the Loop, Atonement, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Mirror Mask, The Blackwater Lightship, The Reckoning, The Zookeeper, There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble, Wonderland, Notting Hill, The Loss of Sexual Innocence, Croupier and Naked.
Frances McNamee plays The Girl, Élodie. Her theatre credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost, Love’s Labour’s Won (RSC), Punishment without Revenge (Arcola/Theatre Royal Bath/Belgrade Coventry), Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal and Derngate), The Borrowers (Northern Stage), Epsom Downs (Salisbury Playhouse), The Phoenix of Madrid, The Surprise of Love (Theatre Royal Bath) and Les Misérables 20th Anniversary Gala Performance (West End). Her film credits include Love in Fifteen Minutes.
William Postlethwaite plays The Son, Nicholas. His theatre credits include Brave New World (Royal and Derngate), Journey’s End (Watermill Theatre), Our Ajax (Southwark Playhouse), King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath), Longing (Hampstead Theatre), Cinderella – the Midnight Princess (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Fireface (Young Vic Theatre), Collaborators (National Theatre) and As You Like It (Royal Exchange). For television his credits include Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, and for film, Containment and Tea for Two.
Laurence Boswell was appointed as Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath in 2011. Laurence has directed the following plays for the Ustinov Studio: Exit the King, Intimate Apparel, Punishment Without Revenge, A Lady of Little Sense, Fifty Words, The Double, In the Next Room, The Surprise of Love, Iphigenia, and The Phoenix of Madrid. Laurence is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. For Gate Theatre, London, Laurence directed a number of productions including the Spanish Golden Age Season, which won the 1992 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement. Other theatre credits include Popcorn (Apollo), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Comedy), This Is Our Youth and Treats (Garrick) and Up for Grabs (Wyndham’s). For the RSC his credits include Beauty and the Beast (RSC) and Women Beware Women, The Dog in the Manger and Bartholomew Fair (the Swan).