With the announcement that Florian Zeller’s The Father will return to the West End by popular demand comes news that two other Florian Zeller plays are to be produced.
So who is Florian Zeller?
Florian Zeller is a French novelist and playwright. His work has been translated into several languages, including English. He won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 for his novel Fascination of Evil (La Fascination du Pire) and several Molière Awards for his plays. The Molières are considered France’s highest theatrical honour. Florian Zeller wrote his first novel Artificial Snow when he was twenty-two years old. His second novel, Lovers or Something Like It was well received but it was his third novel, Fascination of Evil (the 2004 Prix Interallié winner) which made him a household name in France. The book was selected for the Prix Goncourt. Theatre credits include L’Autre, Le Manège, Si tu mourais (Prix Jeune Théâtre of the Académie Française), Elle t’attend, La Mère, La Vérité, Le Père, Une Heure de tranquillité and Le Mensonge. His novels include (and UK/US translations) Neiges artificielles (Artificial Snow); Les Amants du n’importe quoi (Lovers or Something Like It); La Fascination du pire (The Fascination of Evil); Julien Parme (Julien Parme) and La Jouissance.
The Menier Chocolate Factory in association with the Theatre Royal Bath will present The Truth from 10 March – 7 May 2016. Two couples. Friendship, suspicion, deceit….and the truth.
The Tricycle Theatre has extended the run of Zeller’s The Mother until 12 March 2016. Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicholas. Now her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne’s world begins to twist around her. Has her favoured son Nicholas really returned to her? And what of the suspicious actions of her husband? The Mother is a compelling and moving production that will leave you questioning the very nature of reality.
Meanwhile The Father returns following its acclaimed, sell-out season. The play will run at the Duke Of York’s Theatre from 24 – February – 26 March 2016.
The three Zeller plays coming to the West End are all translated by Christopher Hampton.