Broadway Season

Spotlight on: "The Father"

Past Tony Award-winner Frank Langella stars in this fascinating look inside the mind of a retired dancer living with his adult daughter and her husband.


This new play by Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time past Tony winner Christopher Hampton, 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 Father (in French, Le Père) was the winner of Best Play at the 2014 Molière Awards, the sister awards to the Tonys in France.
  • This play is not related to the classic tragedy of the same title by August Strindberg, which has been produced on Broadway numerous times—including once starring Frank Langella.


Zeller’s play premiered in Paris in 2012. Hampton’s English translation was first produced at Theatre Royal, Bath in 2014. That production later transferred to London’s West End. A French-language film adaptation of the play was released in the summer of 2015 under the title Floride.


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