Le Père

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Le Père
Le Pere (The Father) by Zeller.jpg
Written by Florian Zeller
Characters André (The father)
Anne (daughter)
Date premiered September 20, 2012 (2012-09-20)
Place premiered Théâtre Hébertot, Paris
Original language French
Setting A flat in Paris, 2010s

Le Père (The Father) is a play by the French playwright Florian Zeller which won in 2014 the Molière Award for Best Play. It premiered in September 2012 at the Théâtre Hébertot, Paris, with Robert Hirsch (André) and Isabelle Gélinas (Anne).

It was made into the film Floride (2015). The play was translated into English by Christopher Hampton.


The play gained widespread critical acclaim when it premiered as The Father at the Ustinov Studio of the Theatre Royal, Bath, England, in 2014. The role of the father was played by Kenneth Cranham.[1] The play ran in the West End at Wyndham's Theatre in October 2015 to November 2015,[2] and returned to the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre from 24 February 2016 to 26 March 2016, with Kenneth Cranham.[3]

Its American premiere took place on Broadway in a Manhattan Theatre Club production at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in 2016 with Frank Langella in the title role.[4] It was directed by Doug Hughes[5] with scenic design by Scott Pask, costumes by Catherine Zuber and lighting by Donald Holder. The cast featured Kathryn Erbe (Anne), Brian Avers (Pierre), Charles Borland (Man), Hannah Cabell (Laura), and Kathleen McNenny (Woman). [6]

The Australian premiere was produced by the Sydney Theatre Company, with performances starting in August 2017 at The Wharf Theatre, and starring John Bell in the title role.[7]

The Singapore premiere is produced by Pangdemonium Theatre Company,[8] and played at the Victoria Theatre from 2 to 18 March 2018, starring Lim Kay Siu in the title role. It starred Tan Kheng Hua, Janice Koh, Adrian Pang, Frances Lee and Keagan Kang.


According to Playbill, the London newspaper The Guardian gave the London production a "a rare five-star review, calling it 'a savagely honest study of dementia', and named it best play of the year.[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]




  1. ^ "The Father five-star review – a savagely honest study of dementia" by Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 23 October 2014
  2. ^ Lloyd Webber, Imogen. "'The Father', Starring Kenneth Cranham, Will Transfer to London's West End" broadway.com, 1 July 2015
  3. ^ The Father, westendtheatre.com, accessed 30 April 2016
  4. ^ Vine, Hannah. "See Frank Langella in the American Premiere of The Father", Playbill, 30 March 2016
  5. ^ The Father, Manhattan Theatre Club, accessed 30 April 2016
  6. ^ "First Look at Frank Langella in Broadway's The Father", theatermania.com, 28 March 2016
  7. ^ "The Father". Sydney Theatre Company. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  8. ^ "The Father". pangdemonium.com. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  9. ^ Viagas, Robert; Clement, Olivia. "Full Cast Announced for Broadway's Father, Starring Frank Langella", Playbill, 28 January 2016

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