Kenneth Cranham Returns to The Father at the Duke of York’s Theatre
London crowds are gearing up to welcome some of 2016’s new plays, including Matthew Perry’s The End Of Longing and the anticipated Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. But one of the must-see productions early this year is surely going to be one of the returning plays of 2015.
This is because The Father, a critically acclaimed production that appeared at the Wyndham’s Theatre, is set to return to the West End with an appearance at the Duke of York’s Theatre from March. Adding to that, Kenneth Cranham, who played the title role, will reprise the part for its new West End appearance before taking the show on the road around the country.
He won’t be alone at the Duke of York’s, however, as the cast is also set to include Rebecca Charles, Brian Doherty, Daniel Flynn and Jade Williams. They will perform under the direction of James Macdonald.
Cranham plays Andre in The Father. He is an 80 year old man whose memory is starting to fail him. Looking back at his life he cannot remember if he was a tap dancer or engineer, nor can he remember if he lives with his daughter Anne and her husband or if Anne lives away and has recently found a new lover.
For such a powerful and emotional role producers have hit the jackpot in the casting of Kenneth Cranham, whose career has included numerous appearances in acclaimed shows. He earned the Critics Circle Theatre Award for his performance as Andre last year and his career has seen him appear in the likes of Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the 1970s and An Inspector Calls at the Lyttelton National Theatre. The latter earned him a Laurence Olivier Award and he was also nominated for a Tony Award when it was staged in the US.
Audiences seeing The Father in 2016 might also recognise Cranham for his appearances on television screens in the likes of In The Flesh and Shine On Harvey Moon.
The Father appears at the Duke of York’s Theatre from the end of February. It will then be seen on a UK national tour at locations like Guildford, Cornwall, Richmond, Newcastle, Brighton, Birmingham and Cheltenham.