AMPAG, Melbourne Theatre Company Melbourne Theatre Company:The Father

The Father

November 2017

Wed 08 

08:00 PM

Melbourne Theatre Company

Melbourne Theatre Company

100 Saint Kilda Road



Theatre luminary John Bell AO stars in this powerful, funny and deeply moving new mystery which has garnered world-wide critical acclaim.

There’s definitely something fishy going on. You can’t fool André, and while he may be eighty years old and apt, on occasion, to forget things, they are only ever small things. Such as where he’s put his watch. It doesn’t explain why people are messing around with things in his flat, and why his daughter keeps contradicting herself. And it doesn’t explain why she 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’sThe Father was a hit in France before Christopher Hampton translated it into English and repeated the success and critical acclaim in London and New York.

In its sympathy for a man who loses everything, The Father transposes strains ofKing Learinto a minor key. In this Australian premiere production directed byDamien Ryan, John Bell AO, who has played Lear many times, now brings depth, humour and pathos to another foolish, fond old man. MTC favourite,Anita Hegh (The Crucible) plays his dutiful daughter, who may or may not be in on the conspiracy.

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

Visit the MTC website for more information and booking details.