The Son


The Son

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  3w, 3m

Florian Zeller’s The Son forms the final part in the highly acclaimed trilogy with The Mother and The Father, translated by Christopher Hampton.

Image: 2019 Kiln Theatre Production (Marc Brenner)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 3m
  • Audience
    Target Audience



Nicolas, just two years ago a smiling boy, is going through a difficult phase after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping classes, lying.

He believes moving in with his father and his new family may help. And a different school, a fresh start. When he doesn’t feel comfortable there, when he senses he isn’t wanted, he decides that going back to his mother’s may be the answer.

But at some point, options are going to dry up. And then what? "I’m telling you. I don’t understand what’s happening to me".

Florian Zeller’s The Son forms the final part in a trilogy with The Mother and The Father, all of which are translated by Christopher Hampton. The Son premiered at the Kiln Theatre, London, in February 2019.

  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


“A devastating visceral impact.” – The Daily Telegraph

“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. –” The Observer


  • The Son

    Image: 2019 Kiln Theatre Production (Marc Brenner)

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Florian Zeller

Florian Zeller is a French novelist, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker. He came to prominence with his third novel, The Fascination of Evil, which was awarded the prestigious Prix Interallié and nominated for the Prix Goncourt in 2004. Between 2004 and 2020 Zeller ...
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Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton became involved in theatre while studying French and German at Oxford University, and wrote a play in his first year.

The Royal Court's subsequent production was so successful that it transferred to the Comedy Theatre while he was still a student, making hi ...

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