The Father, Starring Kenneth Cranham, to Return to West End | Playbill

News The Father, Starring Kenneth Cranham, to Return to West End The Father, a new play by Florian Zeller that premiered in Paris and then received its U.K. premiere at Bath's Ustinov Studio followed by runs at London's Tricycle Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre in the West End last year, is to receive a second West End run.

It will begin performances at the Duke of York's Theatre Feb. 24, prior to an official opening March 1, for a run through March 26.

It will then embark on a U.K. regional tour, beginning at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre March 28, then continuing to Truro's Hall for Cornwall, London's Richmond Theatre, Newcastle's Theatre Royal, Brighton Theatre Royal, Birmingham Rep and Cheltenham's Everyman.

Presented in a translation by Christopher Hampton, it is directed by James Macdonald and features Kenneth Cranham in the title role of a man, now 80 years old, who is exhibiting signs of the onset of dementia. Further casting is yet to be announced.

Cranham was Tony-nominated in New York for his role in Stephen Daldry's An Inspector Calls. Macdonald has worked extensively Off-Broadway, where he was recently the winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best Director for Caryl Churchill's Love and Information.

The Father will also receive its Broadway premiere this spring in a different production, being presented under the auspices of Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre that will star Frank Langella, as previously announced here. Zeller's other plays include The Mother, winner of the Moliere Award, France’s highest theatrical honor, which is receiving its London premiere at the Tricycle Theatre, in another transfer from Bath's Ustinov, from Jan. 21 prior to an official opening Jan. 26, as previously announced here.

Hampton's own plays include The Philanthropist, Savages, Tales From Hollywood and Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

The production is designed by Miriam Buether, with lighting by Guy Hoare and sound by Christopher Shutt. It is presented in the West End by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, the Tricycle Theatre and Simon Friend.

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