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Sunset Boulevard – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Tate James “The address is 10086 Sunset Boulevard” When starving writer, Joe Gillis, pulled his car into the driveway of a forgotten mansion on Sunset Boulevard, he had no idea he would end up tangled in the demise of a former silent movie star. ...

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The Father – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Kevin Shaw Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson Florian Zeller’s play has had remarkable international success. First produced in Paris in 2012, it gained him the Prix Moliere and since then in Christopher Hampton’s translation has won or been nominated for all the major awards in the UK and the USA, both for ...

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The Mentor – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Daniel Kehlmann Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Who decides what makes great art - is it the critics who allocate a star rating, the audiences who flock to see it or, like peer review in academia, should fellow writers, painters or musicians insist on its importance? Daniel Kehlmann’s play The Mentor, translated from the German by Christopher Hampton, ...

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The Father – Oldham Coliseum

Writers:  Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Richard Hall The Coliseum’s final in-house production of the spring/summer 2017 season is a bold and innovative choice for this venue. The Father, by French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, is a powerful, dark, tragic comedy about the harrowing and devastating impact of dementia on one man and his family. ...

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The Mentor – Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Daniel Kehlmann Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes The Ustinov Studio, under artistic director Laurence Boswell, has garnered a well-deserved reputation for unearthing significant international works to present to a British audience - and then attracting top-flight actors to appear in them. Productions like The Father, with Kenneth Cranham in the lead role, have transferred to ...

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The Truth – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Claire Hayes Florian Zeller’s writing has become a phenomenon of the British stage over the last 18 months, with both The Father and its companion play The Mother being showcased in acclaimed translations by Christopher Hampton. But is his explosive brand of theatrical disorientation a simple flash in the pan, ...

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The Father – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Kenneth Cranham and Amanda Drew

Writer: Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Only 35, Florian Zeller has written a number of novels and plays and has been produced all over Europe. But he is rather less well-known on this side of the channel, something translator Christopher Hampton and co-producers Theatre Royal, Bath and Tricycle Theatre are seeking to ...

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The Father – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Kenneth Cranham and Amanda Drew

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Michael Hootman On paper Florian Zeller’s play sounds dull, worthy, and perhaps a little depressing: over the course of ninety minutes we see a man slowly lose his mind to dementia. It’s testament to the strength of the writing, and Kenneth Cranham’s truly heroic performance, that The Father is an ...

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