Kenneth Cranham leads the cast of Christopher Hampton’s new version of Florian Zeller’s intriguing and compelling dark comedy The Father (Le Père).

The play tells the story of 80-year-old Andre, a former tap dancer who 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.

Tony Award nominated actor Cranham returns to the London stage following performances in 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. His screen credits include Shine On Harvey Moon, Maleficent, Hot Fuzz and Oliver!

Academy Award-winning writer Hampton, whose adaptation of his own play Dangerous Liaisons earned him the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, has previously translated plays by Henrik Ibsen, Molière, Anton Chekhov and Yasmina Reza.

The production is directed by James Macdonald whose credits include Cock and Drunk Enough To Say I Love You at the Royal Court, Exiles at the National Theatre and Glengarry Glen Ross in the West End.

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