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The Father, the most highly acclaimed new play of the last decade, will appear at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 22nd June to Saturday 27th June after garnering a host of five-star national reviews and unanimous praise from audiences in London.
When the Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio staged the UK premiere production of The Father in November 2014, it received rapturous reviews and achieved the top spot in the listings for ‘Play of the Year’. Now following a triumphant spring 2015 run at the Tricycle Theatre, Kenneth Cranham is set to revive his extraordinary performance as Andre, with Claire Skinner (BBC1’s Outnumbered) playing his daughter Anne, in the Theatre Royal’s Main House – one of only two venues where The Father will appear on tour.
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 drama, Florian Zeller, has been hailed as “one of the hottest literary talents in France” (The Independent). The Father (Le Père) was the recipient of three Molière Awards in 2014, France’s highest theatrical honour, including the Molière for Best New Play.
This 2015 revival of The Father, which now returns to Bath to play the Main House, sees Kenneth Cranham, Rebecca Charles, Colin Tierney and Jade Williams reprise their original roles first seen at the Ustinov Studio in 2014, joined by new cast members Claire Skinner and Jim Sturgeon.
One of the country’s most illustrious actors, Kenneth Cranham’s myriad credits include An Inspector Calls on Broadway – a role for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, and a production which toured to the Theatre Royal Bath in 1992. His many West End stage credits include Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Loot, The Birthday Party and Gaslight. He has performed at London’s Royal Court and the National Theatre on numerous occasions. On television, he played the title role in Shine on Harvey Moon; and his extensive credits range from Merlin, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, The Line of Beauty and Rome, to Our Mutual Friend, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and El Cid. His film work includes Maleficent, Made in Dagenham, Valkyrie, Hot Fuzz, Layer Cake, Oliver!, Two Men Went to War, The Boxer, Under Suspicion, Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Chocolat.
Playing the role of Anne is Claire Skinner, well known on television for her role as Sue in five series of BBC1’s Outnumbered alongside Hugh Dennis. Her many television credits also include Inside No. 9, Critical, Silk, Homefront, Doctor Who, Moving On, Lark Rise to Candleford, Sense and Sensibility, Life Begins, Trevor’s World of Sport, and Coogan’s Run. Her film work includes Mike Leigh’s Life Is Sweet, When Did You Last See Your Father? and Sleepy Hollow. Claire’s numerous theatre credits include Blurred Lines, Mrs Affleck, Othello and Invisible Friends at the National Theatre; Deathtrap and The Importance Of Being Earnest in the West End; The Glass Menagerie at the Donmar and in the West End; and Measure for Measure for the RSC.
Reprising the role of Pierre, Colin Tierney, returns to the Theatre Royal Bath for the fifth time having recently played the lead role in The Misanthrope in 2013, and starred opposite Rosamund Pike in Hedda Gabler for Theatre Royal Bath Productions in 2010. His many television credits include Vera, Silent Witness, Holby City, Garrow’s Law, New Tricks, Waterloo Road, Inspector Lynley, Silent Witness, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders and Between the Lines.
Rebecca Charles and Jade Williams play their original roles as Woman and Laura respectively. They are also joined by Jim Sturgeon playing the role of Man.
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 Academy Award-nominated again in 2007 for adapting Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement. His television work includes adaptations of The History Man and Hotel du Lac.
Director 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 Blasted, 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 appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 22nd June to Saturday 27th June. To book tickets contact the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk