The Father

Theatre, Drama
John Bell stars in The Father
Photograph: James Green John Bell stars in The Father

John Bell stars as a man losing his grip on reality, in this acclaimed French play and West End hit

Damien Ryan (actor, director and artistic director of Sydney-based Shakespeare experts Sport For Jove) makes his MTC debut directing John Bell in this international mega-hit: a discombobulating tour through a mind unravelling in dementia, by French writer Florian Zeller (adapted by Christopher Hampton).

In their 4-star review of the 2015 West End production, Time Out London wrote: "Florian Zeller’s brilliant play – here translated with venomous flare by Christopher Hampton – uses its structure to mimic the state of a mind deteriorating through dementia. Each scene is an elliptical extended snapshot – it seems to evoke a memory, but quickly the absurdist contradictions crowd in."

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