The Father

by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton

A moving story about a man with dementia

Eighty-year-old André lives with his daughter, Anne. But isn’t she in London with her boyfriend?

André used to be an accomplished tap dancer. Or perhaps it was an engineer?

But most importantly, where is his watch? It has probably been stolen.

André is trying to remain in control in a bewildering, ever-changing world.

Seen through the eyes of a man with dementia, The Father exposes the emotional toll it has on him and his family. Moving and at times heart-breaking, André’s story will be recognised by all too many families. Blisteringly honest but ultimately uplifting, it’s a story of our times.

Recently an Oscar and BAFTA winning film starring Antony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman, this production stars Ian Spiby as André and Kate Billingham as Anne. The cast includes Richard Jordan, Fraser Haines, Bernie Wood and Kimberley Vaughan with original music by Martin Heath. It is directed by Martin Borley-Cox. The portrait of André is by Willy Gilder who is living with dementia.

This amateur production of "The Father (Hampton/Zeller)" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd, on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Dates and venues

  • Fri 22 March 2024
  • Sat 23 March 2024
  • Royal & Derngate, Northampton NN1 1DP

    Other tour dates to follow

    Cast & Crew

    André - Ian Spiby
    Anne - Kate Billingham
    Pierre - Richard Jordan
    Laura - Kimberley Vaughan
    Man - Fraser Haines
    Woman - Bernie Wood

    Director - Martin Borley-Cox
    Assistant Director - Vicky Kelly
    Original Music - Martin Heath
    Portrait - Willy Gilder
    Poster Design - Nathan Adams