For its West End Transfer, the Kiln Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Florian Zeller’s The Son will partner with YoungMinds – the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

The production, which opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 2 September, with previews from 24 August, and runs until 2 November, will offer the opportunity to make a donation on ticket purchases, as well and having donation points for the charity throughout the theatre. On World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October, the performance will be dedicated to the charity with bucket collections post show across the house.

Director of the production, Michael Longhurst commented, “It was important to us as a company to partner with YoungMinds – they are a brilliant and vital organisation whose work impacts daily on young lives across the UK. They felt the perfect companion to our production of Florian Zeller’s masterpiece The Son, to help us do full justice to Nicolas’ story.”

‘Florian Zeller’s remarkable play… Michael Longhurst’s immaculate production…

I’d defy anyone not to be moved’ Guardian

Written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller, lauded by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst and forms the final part of the critically acclaimed trilogy with The Father and The Mother.

I’m telling you. I don’t understand what’s happening to me.

Nicolas is going through a difficult phase after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping school, lying and thinks that moving in with his father and his new family may help. A fresh start. When he doesn’t settle there either, he decides that going back to his mother’s may be the answer. When change feels like the only way to survive, what will he do when the options begin to run out?

‘This final part of Florian Zeller’s trilogy is the most powerful of all’

The Times

‘A compulsive, involving, emotionally stirring evening – theatre’s answer to a page-turner.’


YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

For more information please visit

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @YoungMindsUK

For free advice and support for parents, call our helpline on 0808 802 5544

‘Exceptional… Fizzes with raw emotion… It totally blew me away.’

Daily Mail




By Florian Zeller

In a translation by Christopher Hampton

Cast: Amanda AbbingtonLaurie Kynaston, John Light, Amaka Okafor, Cudjoe Asare and Martin Turner

Director: Michael Longhurst; Designer: Lizzie Clachan; Lighting Designer: Lee Curran

Composer and Sound Designer: Isobel Waller-Bridge; Casting Director: Amy Ball

The Son marks the first West End transfer for the Kiln Theatre since it reopened last September, and is presented in the West End by Fiery Angel and Gavin Kalin Productions.

Based in Kilburn, Kiln Theatre creates internationally renowned, high-quality, engaging and innovative work which presents the world through a variety of different lenses, amplifying unheard voices into the mainstream. Led by Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham and Executive Director Daisy Heath, it makes theatre that crosses continents and tells big stories about human connections across cultures, race and languages.

We encourage artists of all ages and backgrounds. Our work is commissioned specifically for our theatre and produced by Kiln Theatre’s artistic team, as well as additional work which is programmed in collaboration with national or international partners.

Recent productions include White Teeth by Zadie Smith, adapted by Stephen Sharkey, Holy Sh!t by Alexis Zegerman, Approaching Empty by Ishy Din, The Son by Florian Zeller, The Half God of Rainfall by Inua Ellams, Wife by Samuel Adamson and Blues in the Night. Recent collaborations include the National Theatre, Tamasha and Sundance Theatre Lab (US).

The ambitious Creative Learning programme aims to champion the imagination, aspiration and potential of the Brent community young and old. It invests in creating meaningful relationships with young people to inspire and encourage their creativity, their confidence and self-esteem. It works with older people to create a thriving community around the theatre.

Listings                                                                                                                                                       The Son

Duke of York’s Theatre

St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2B 4BG

24 August – 2 November

Box Office: 0844 871 7623


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Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinee 3pm

Tickets from £15