Manhattan Theatre Club has announced that its Tony-nominated American premiere of Florian Zeller's The Father, with a translation by Christopher Hampton, will extend one week due to popular demand. Three-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Frank Langella plays a man falling into the grip of dementia in the new work, which officially opened April 14 to critical acclaim.
With direction by Doug Hughes, previews for The Father began March 22 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The Broadway engagement will now run through June 19. The production marks Langella's seventh Tony nomination. He was awarded the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play and is also nominated for the 2016 Drama Desk Award; he will be honored at the 2016 Drama League Awards for this performance.
The cast also includes Tony nominee Kathryn Erbe (The Speed of Darkness), Brian Avers (Rock 'n' Roll, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Charles Borland (A Man for All Seasons), Drama Desk Award nominee Hannah Cabell (Pumpgirl, Grounded) and Kathleen McNenny.
According to production notes, The Father “offers a fascinating look inside the mind of Andre (Frank Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?“
The creative team for The Father includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music and sound design) and Jim Steinmeyer (illusion consultant).
Tickets can be purchased by phone at Telecharge, (212) 239-6200, online by visiting Telecharge.com or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street).