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The Father

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Tony Award Winner

Closed June 19, 2016

"(Frank Langella) is one of the most magnetic theater actors of his generation"

The New York Times

Why See The Father?

Tony award winner - Best Leading Actor in a play

Stage and movie veteran Frank Langella makes a welcome return to Broadway in 2016, in Florian Zeller's Moliere Award-winning play about dementia. Langella plays the eponymous Father of the title in a touching portrait of an 80-year old man and his immediate family - but his memory is failing him. Was he a tap dancer, or an engineer in his youth?

Furthermore, he lives with his adult daughter and her beloved husband - or is it a new lover? Add to this confusion that he permanently lives in his pajamas and he simply cannot locate his watch, the Father is doubting himself and the life he has led so far, and the life he is living now. This play returned to the West End in London this summer and last year earned rave reviews by the British press.

The Father is the winner of France's highest theatrical honor (and Tony Award equivalent) the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play, and received an unprecedented eight five star reviews from major national newspaper critics when it premiered at Theatre Royal Bath and then at north London's Tricycle Theatre in England. Now directed by Doug Hughes as part of Manhattan Theatre Club's 2015-16 season, it has received 2 Tony Nominations, including Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for Frank Langella, which he won.

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Previews from: 22 March 2016

Opening night: 14 April 2016


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

90 minutes with no intermission

Cast and Creative


Frank Langella as The Father
Kathryn Erbe as Anne
Brian Avers as Pierre
Charles Borland as Man
Hannah Cabell as Laura
Kathleen McNenny as Woman


Directed by Doug Hughes
Written by Florian Zeller


2016 Tony Wins

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play - Frank Langella

2016 Tony Nominations

Best Play
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play - Frank Langella

2016 Drama Desk Award Wins

Outstanding Actor in a Play - Frank Langella

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Having tissues on hand would definitely be a plus and you may leave the show much the final image of Andre, in need of comfort.

French writer, Florian Zeller, bravely dives into the heartbreaking destruction of a brilliant mind through dementia with his heart wrenching play, The Father. In this brilliant production, we follow Andre, a larger than life former tap dancer l

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