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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 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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The Father – Richmond Theatre, London

Kenneth Cranham and Amanda Drew

Writer: Florian Zeller Translation: Christopher Hampton Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Deborah Klayman   André is eighty years old, has two daughters, and lives in his own flat in Paris. Or does he? An intelligent, elegant and deeply moving play about the reality of living with dementia, Florian Zeller’s The Father allows the audience to stand on the same shifting sands ...

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The Father – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Kenneth Cranham and Amanda Drew

Writer:Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Jess Rowe   The one-act French play, that has become more apparent to British theatre after its recent West End run and success at the 2016 Oliviers, with Kenneth Cranham collecting Best Actor, heightens audiences’ attention to a chronic illness even more than expected by the time the house lights fade. ...

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The Father- Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,Guildford.

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Authors: Florian Zeller (translated by Christopher Hampton) Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Bill Avenell Many of the large audience at Guildford will have come into contact with aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease in their families. Sadly, an increasing number will experience this in the future and some with real personal involvement. Whether Florian Zeller’s take on the awfulness of the Disease will ...

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The Father – Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Laura Hesketh “Who exactly am I?” is the question which haunts Florian Zeller's play The Father. This intense production magnifies the confusions and ambiguities that plague people living with dementia and questions who and what we become when our brain fails us. At some point, everyone has walked into a room searching for ...

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The Mother – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes A mother’s job is to love and let go – gradually loosening the reins without unravelling herself. And this most precarious of balances is at the heart of Florian Zeller’s play The Mother, receiving its UK premiere at the Ustinov Studio. For those who saw The Father last ...

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