A standing ovation was given to Kenneth Cranham last night for his performance as André, the father in the theatre production The Father which opened recently at London’s Wyndham Theatre.
The thought provoking play keeps you spell bound throughout its length of one hour and a half hours without a break. A sequence of short scenes is done by blacking out the stage, which is outlined in lights that crackle. What might have been an electrical fault is in fact intentional, and relates to the subject matter.
The play is initially set in an apartment in Paris. In the beginning I found it rather confusing as one scene after another told different stories. Sadly it soon became apparent. Andre has Alzheimer’s, and the scenes bounce from reality to what is in his imagination.
Florian Zeller, the author, describes his play as an attempt to understand the situation of an old man who has lost all his bearings and arrived at that moment where his kingdom dissolves. A sad subject brilliantly portrayed by an excellent cast – a must see. Booking until November 21, 2015.
Charing cross Road, London WC2H ODA.
T. 0844 482 5120 www.wyndhamtheatre.co.uk