The Father

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"One of Bell's very best performances."

- Sydney Morning Herald

The Father

Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company present presents

The Father

by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton


You can’t fool André. But there’s definitely something fishy going on. And while he may be eighty years old and apt to forget things, they are only ever small things. Like where he’s put his watch. It doesn’t explain why people are messing around with things in his flat. Or why his daughter allows strangers to come in and threaten him. No, something’s going on and he’ll get to the bottom of it.

A touching, funny and deeply unsettling mystery, Florian Zeller’s The Father was a hit in France before Christopher Hampton (Atonement) translated it into English and repeated the success and critical acclaim in London and New York. For this Australian Premiere production, stage luminary John Bell will star alongside Anita Hegh (The Crucible), with direction by Damien Ryan (Henry V).

A profoundly poignant human drama. Bell gives a stunning performance” –The Daily Telegraph

The Father is one of the most moving and extraordinary experiences.” –Stage Noise

An unqualified triumph.” –The Telegraph, UK

Ferocious, charming, playful.” –The Guardian, UK


Cast includes Faustina Agolley, John Bell, Marco Chiappi, Glenn Hazeldine, Anita Hegh, Natasha Herbert
Director Damien Ryan
Set & Costume Designer Alicia Clements
Lighting Designer Rachel Burke
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis

A co-production with Sydney Theatre Company.
By special arrangement with Theatre Royal Bath Productions.


2 November – 16 December 2017

Forum Nights
Monday 13 November
Monday 20 November

Captioned performance
Saturday 16 December, 4pm

Tactile tour
Saturday 2 December, 4pm

Audio Described Performances
Tuesday 28 November, 6:30pm
Saturday 2 December, 4pm

Duration: 1 hr 35 mins (no interval)


Fairfax Studio


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