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
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 mystery, 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.”
Duration 1hr 35mins (no interval)
By special arrangement with Theatre Royal Bath Productions.
Season Ticket prices
Pick 6 or more plays to create your Season Ticket package. More info.
Saturday evening A Reserve $84
Adult A Reserve $79
Seniors cardholder $72
Under 30 $61
Monday – Thursday performances
Seniors cardholder $92
Under 30 $79
Groups (10+ people) $86
Friday night & Saturday matinee performances
Seniors cardholder $93
Under 30 $80
Groups (10+ people) $87
Saturday evening $109
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
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