The Criterion Theatre

Brilliant New Play Announced for Spring 2019

21st February

We are proud to announce that our March Production will be


By Florian Zeller & Christopher Hampton

Directed By

John Ruscoe

16th – 23rd March 2019 

 Winner of the 2014 Molière award for France’s best play.

Press Comment

"A savagely honest study of dementia" 5 stars, Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Ingenious Alzheimer’s drama with echoes of Lear . . . .enlarges our understanding and extends the boundaries of compassion.” Michael Billington. The Guardian  

 ‘The Father’ makes us see things as if through the confused eyes of Andre, as he struggles to make sense of a progressively befuddling world. Sound grim? It’s not. It’s a play that constantly confounds expectations and works almost like a thriller, with a sinister Pinteresque edge, as complete strangers keep on turning up in Andre’s flat. There are strong echoes of ‘King Lear’, both in the impending madness and the father-daughter relationships, but there is also comedy in a situation that has its farcical elements even as the tragedy unfolds.

Cast: 3 men; 3 women

OPEN READING: Thursday 20th September 7.30p.m.

AUDITIONS: Sunday 23rd September starting at 5.00p.m.

For more information about this production please contact the Artistic Director via the email address