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Witness a frightening tale of teen depression, as Florian Zeller’s incredible play, The Son, is all set to take the stage at West End. The Son is the final installment of a trilogy that looks at a single-family from different perspectives, exploring the disruptive dynamics of family life. Do not miss this gripping play that chooses to depict depression the debilitating consequences of a broken home.

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why watch the son

The Son is the final part of the trilogy that included ‘The Father’ and ‘The Mother’. What makes Florian Zeller’s play so intriguing is the fact that it is quite ‘ordinary'. The series of events that are to occur are quite apparent, but everyone is powerless to stop it. Zeller’s predictability makes the ending all the more terrifying and his ability to depict the crippling effects of depression is spectacular to witness.

Amanda Abbington and John Light put up a spectacular performance of a recently divorced couple. Their curt exchanges of pleasantries and the subtle agitation underneath their conversation adds to the ever-present tension between them. Abbington is humming with energy, and her character looks as if she is just a sentence away from breaking down completely. Okafor, on the other hand, emanates a sense of warmth and motherly love. The set design is top-notch, and Lizzie Clachan captures the atmosphere very well, especially in the scene where the chic apartment of Pierre and Sofia is strewn with the discarded belonging of a teenage boy. The director, Michael Longhurst, excels at creating a gripping narrative that only very finely differentiates between the normal and the abnormal. Laurie Kynaston exemplifies this with his performance that can be taken as the moodiness of an angsty teen or perhaps something far more alarming. Do not miss this captivating play that illustrates the effects of a broken family.

The Story

Nicolas is a teenager whose parents have recently undergone a divorce. He lives with his mother Anne but is battling a severe case of depression. Following the separation of his mother and father, he spirals out of control, missing school and lying to his family. His mother, who herself is battling depression and anxiety, turns up at the house of her ex-husband, Pierre where he lives with Sofia and their baby son. Anne explains to Pierre that Nicolas has not attended school in over three months and that she is unable to cope up with his behaviour. They decide to move Nicolas to the home of his father, hoping that a change of environment will do him good.

Nicolas’ condition, however, worsens. He becomes more depressive, often engaging in self-mutilation and turns suicidal. Will psychiatric help allow Nicolas to come out of his shell and emerge stronger? What might be the exact cause of his Nicolas' behaviour? Will moving in back with his mother be the key to getting the fresh start that he longs for?

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Fans of Family Dramas | Lovers of Psychological Dramas

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Show Details

The show will run for a limited season from 24 August 2019 to 2 November 2019.

Show Timings

Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 7:30 PM
Wed & Sat 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

1hr 40min (no interval)

Leading Roles
Amanda Abbington as Anne
Laurie Kynaston as Nicolas
John Light as Pierre

Directed by
Michael Longhurst

Designed by
Lizzie Clachan

Written by
Florian Zeller

Additional Information

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house bar
Coat check

The Duke of York’s Theatre has a seating capacity of 626 across 3 sections.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Important Information
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.
Please note that the production contains themes of mental illness and loss.

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You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly after you book the tickets. You will need to display a photo ID along with your voucher at the Theatre's Box Office to collect your tickets.

Theatre Address

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

Getting There

By Bus: Take bus lines 24, 29 or 176 and get off at the St. Martin's Place station. The theatre is a short 2-minute walk from this bus stop.

By Tube: Take the Underground to Leicester Square station. The theatre is a short 5-minute walk from this station.

This ticket is valid for the date selected at the time of booking.

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