The Father

19 AUG - 21 OCT 2017

Wharf 1 Theatre

Sydney Theatre Company and Commonwealth Bank present
A Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company production
By Florian Zeller
Translated by Christopher Hampton

Australian premiere

Profoundly moving and darkly comic

A giant of Australian theatre for over 50 years, John Bell makes a very welcome return to the STC stage for The Father, an extraordinary new play which has captivated Paris, London and New York.

Now 80 years old, André (John Bell) was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne (Anita Hegh) and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? Either way, he’s still wearing his pyjamas and he can’t find his watch. He’s starting to wonder if he’s losing control.

A touching, funny and deeply unsettling story, The Father, by French playwright Florian Zeller, is a winner of the Molière Award, France’s most prestigious honour for a new work of theatre. And its English translation, by renowned writer Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), was The Guardian’s pick for Play of the Year in London, and nominated for two Tony Awards in New York, including Best Play.

Director Damien Ryan, who has met acclaim leading independent theatre company Sport for Jove, brings his skills to STC for the first time in this co-production with Melbourne Theatre Company.

“As sharp and surprising a play as you’ll see all year.”
The Times

Duration 1hr 35mins (no interval)


By special arrangement with Theatre Royal Bath Productions.

Pricing information

Single Tickets

Preview performances $77

Standing room $25 - ticketholders are required to stand for the duration of the performance. Seating will not be provided. 

A Reserve

Monday – Thursday performances
Adult $101
Seniors cardholder $92
Concession $81
Under 30 $79
Groups (10+ people) $86

Friday night & Saturday matinee performances
Adult $102
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $80
Groups (10+ people) $87

Saturday evening $109

B Reserve

Monday – Thursday performances
Adult & Senior $91
Concession $81
Under 30 $79

Friday night & Saturday matinee performances
Adult & Senior $92
Concession $82 
Under 30 $80

Saturday Evening $99

Season Ticket prices
Season Tickets are no longer available to purchase.

Saturday evening A Reserve $84
Adult A Reserve $79
Concession $63
Seniors cardholder $72
Preview $61
Under 30 $61

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: ​$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Dates & Prices
Creative Team