Bristol theatre company Kelvin Players invites you to Florian Zeller’s The Father

Award-winning theatre company brings multi-award-winning play to Bristol audiences for the first time.

The Kelvin Players’ February Production is The Father, translated by Christopher Hampton from the French original by Florian Zeller.

Andre is a man facing persecution from all sides, and he has had enough!  First someone steals his watch. Then he suspects his daughter Anne, of plotting to take his flat away.  His favourite daughter, Elise never seems to visit.  And Anne’s husband, or lover, Pierre, with whom she is moving to London – or staying in Paris – threatens Andre with violence if he won’t cooperate.

And to top it all – strangers keep appearing in Andre’s flat, telling him they are his friends & family, telling him that it is not his flat. Whatever his age, Andre knows he is still a man of authority, and he will find a way to assert it.  After all he still has all his faculties … hasn’t he?

The show’s director Tessa Garrett was particularly keen to bring the play to Bristol for the first time, after its English premiere and two sell-out runs in Bath, and receiving national acclaim in London. In a darkly humorous and deeply poignant translation by Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller’s award-winning play The Father is simultaneously a tragi-comic mystery, a sobering and realistic family story, and an unsentimental, emotionally intense look at the world through the eyes of a man experiencing dementia. It provides a dramatic illustration of the disintegration of an intelligent and independent man. Not to be missed!

The Father opens on Tuesday 12th February, and runs for five nights (Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th). Showing at the Kelvin Players Theatre at 253b Gloucester Road, BS7 8NY, curtain up will be at 7.30pm each night, and tickets are £15 (£12 for concessions). More information can be found at and tickets can be bought directly through this link

Kelvin Players’ commitment to producing high quality theatre has seen it become one of most successful and largest non-professional companies in the South West.  It has been well-recognised for excellence over the years at the One Act Festival and Rose Bowl Awards. Most recently, it won Best Dramatic Production for Anne Boleyn at the Tobacco Factory at the 2018 awards.

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