Florian Zeller’s The Mother will transfer into London next spring, with Gina McKee and Richard Clothier set to reprise their roles from the Ustinov Studio production.
The critically acclaimed play premiered at the Ustinov Studio in Bath earlier this year, and is now set to run at the off-West End venue Tricycle Theatre from Thursday 21st January to Saturday 6th March 2016.
BAFTA-winning actress Gina McKee (Richard III, The Aristocrats) returns as Anna, The Mother, alongside Richard Clothier (King Lear, Richard III) as Pierre, The Father. Also reprising his role from the original production is William Postlethwaite (Brave New World, Longing) as Nicholas, The Son. They will be joined by new cast member Frances McNamee (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Pride and Prejudice) as Élodie, The Girl.
Anne loved that time in her life when she prepared breakfast each morning for her two young children, Sara and Nicolas. Now her children are grown and have lives and loves of their own. Spending hours alone, Anne has convinced herself that a weekend seminar in Dijon is a front for her husband Pierre’s affair.
Perhaps Nicolas and his girlfriend Élodie will break up and her favoured son will return. He will come down for breakfast, she will put on her new red dress and they will go out. After all, tomorrow is Mother’s Day…
The Mother is written by Florian Zeller. The award-winning French playwright also wrote The Father, which is currently playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End following its 2014 sell-out run at the Ustinov Theatre.
The Theatre Royal Bath production is a new translation by Christopher Hamption, who won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the adaption of his own play, Dangerous Liasons. It is directed by Laurence Boswell, artistic director of the Ustinov Studio.
The Mother comes to the Tricycle Theatre in 2016 as part of the London venue’s Spring at the Tricycle season. It opens on Thursday 21st January 2106 and will run until Saturday 5th March 2016. Performances will run from Monday to Saturday, 7.30pm, with matinees performances on Wednesdays (2pm, from 3rd February) and Saturdays (3pm, from 30th January, 2016).