The Father programme

Programme | The Father

Production programmes are now just $2 and are available for purchase in the theatre foyers. You can also download a copy of the show programme for The Father before you head to the theatre, and a range of other information about the show – ranging from interviews to podcasts – can be found throughout the season here at

Florian Zeller’s The Father is a profound example of theatre’s ability to transport audiences to places and times unknown, sharing together laughter, joy and heartbreak.

In this case, we are plunged into André’s world – seeing his life through his eyes as he grips to the familiar and unfamiliar. Played with astonishing mastery by John Bell, The Father marks John’s very welcome return to MTC after last performing in Long Day’s Journey into Night 18 years ago.

John is truly one of Australia’s finest actors and his commanding performance, directed with great skill by Damien Ryan, is one that will stay with you long after the curtain comes down.

The Father is one of three Australian premieres at MTC this year, programmed alongside acclaimed world premieres of Australian plays and fresh takes on much loved classics.

It is also another outstanding co-production with Sydney Theatre Company. We look forward to joining creative forces with STC again in 2018 for Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children, starring Pamela Rabe, Sarah Pierse and William Zappa, and directed by our Associate Director Sarah Goodes.

We love bringing Melbourne a range of theatrical experiences each season and as we begin to look forward to 2018 there are 13 wonderful productions on the horizon. Amongst them are a further five exclusive Australian premieres of the best international works – so if you haven’t yet subscribed hurry up to secure the best seats at the best prices.

Virginia Lovett sign

Virginia Lovett
MTC Executive Director

Download the programme for The Father

The Father plays at Arts Centre Melbourne from 2 November to 16 December.

Published on 23 October 2017

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