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The Father


An uneasy stand-off exists between the Captain and his wife Laura. But a disagreement over their daughter Bertha, triggers an all-out war.

Laura will stop at...

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Running time: 100m


An uneasy stand-off exists between the Captain and his wife Laura. But a disagreement over their daughter Bertha, triggers an all-out war.

Laura will stop at...

Read More

Running time: 100m

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Trafalgar Studios, London
14 Whitehall,London,SW1A 2DY

The Father

An uneasy stand-off exists between the Captain and his wife Laura. But a disagreement over their daughter Bertha, triggers an all-out war.

Laura will stop at nothing to gain control of her daughter's future. When she suggests to the Captain that he may not actually be the girl's father, she sets a chain of events in motion that cannot be stopped.

In a thrilling new production, this bold re-working of Strindberg's masterpiece comes to Trafalgar Studio 2 in March for a strictly limited run. Starring Alex Ferns (Eastenders, Joyeux Noel, Making Waves) and June Watson, with direction from rising star Abbey Wright, and text from Laurie Slade (first performed at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry).

It is a battle of the minds, but is it a battle either can win?

**** 'Triumphantly revived'
The Times

'Abbey Wright's smart, swift and vigorous production'
Time Out
Time Out Recommended

**** 'An electric clash of the titans'
The Stage

Official London Theatre

**** 'Alex Ferns delivers a show stopping performance'
ll hail Laurie Slade's modern adaptation'
Official Theatre

London Theatre Guide

Latecomers will not be admitted. 

The Father

There are no booking fees for this production.

However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £3.00 Transaction fee.

The Father Access

Booking Information

Access Booking line: 0800 912 6971

http://trafalgarentertainment.com/your-visit/access/Trafalgar Studios Visual Story: a visual resource to help prepare visitors for a new experience and to help them become familiar with new surroundings and what to expect. Click here to download it 

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Large Print Introduction

A large print introduction for Admissions can be found here .

Audio Introductions

An Audio-Introduction for selected shows is available on Soundcloud, please click here.

Access Performances

To get the access discount for these shows you must join the ATG Access Membership Scheme; call 0800 912 6971, email [email protected] or visit the box office in person

Touch Tours can be organised in advance (subject to availability) by contacting [email protected]

For more access information, please visit http://trafalgarentertainment.com/your-visit/access/

Access Performances
  • Audio Description None scheduled
  • Sign Language Interpreted None scheduled
  • Captioned None scheduled
  • SUR Titles None scheduled
  • Relaxed Performances None scheduled
Venue Access Information

Trafalgar Studios 1 & 2 are accessible for Wheelchair Users. The main entrance to the theatre is on Whitehall. The Foyer, Foyer Bar and Box Office are on street level. Please note, Trafalgar Studios are only able to accommodate small wheelchairs - up to 25” or 65 cm width and 43’’ or 110cm length (no mobility scooters) due to size and weight restrictions (225 kg max) on our lifts.

For Studio 1 you can enter the foyer step free, take the lift to the lower level then a stair lift brings you to the front of the auditorium. The Wheelchair Spaces are in the front row and are clear view.

For Studio 2 access is step free into the foyer, take the lift to the lower level then there is level access into the auditorium. The Wheelchair space is again in the front row & clear view.

If Wheelchair Patrons would rather transfer into a seat then the wheelchair can be stored during the performance and brought back to you at the end of the show.

Please allow enough time (20 minutes) for wheelchair patrons to get to their seats. 

The infrared hearing loops now work in Rows F-H in Studio 1 (best reception in more central seats); in Studio 2 best reception is in A17-22, B24-29 and C34-39. Devices are at the Box Office, £10 deposit is required. There are two devices available: Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control. Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.

Guide Dogs are permitted in the auditorium or can be looked after by staff during the show.

The disabled toilet is on the lower level in the Studio Bar and can be reached by Wheelchair Users from the foyer and from both auditoriums.

Trafalgar Studios Information

Trafalgar Studios
  • If you're driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. Our nearest Q-Park car park is Trafalgar and the next nearest is Chinatown.
  • See the Access page for information
  • Enjoy one of Trafalgar Studio's great bars.
  • A cloakroom is available at this venue.
Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall



By bus: 3 11 12 24 53 77a 88 91 139 159 453

Contact Information
Telephone Booking : 0844 871 7632

Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.

Groups Bookings : 020 7206 1174

Access Bookings : 0800 912 6971

Stage Door / Admin:* : 0207 321 5400


Trafalgar Studios makes the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.


Trafalgar Studios Box Office Opening Hours

Mon-Sat, 10:30am to 7.45pm

Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Trafalgar Studios is owned and operated by Trafalgar Entertainment Group, a live entertainment business launched in 2017 by Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire DBE. For more information on the company and its flagship venue Trafalgar Studios, see www.trafalgarentertainment.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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The Father Group Bookings

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  • Pre-book hospitality packages

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Feminism in the age of Fifty Shades of Grey: Mon 23 March

Join Polly Toynbee (Guardian columnist and ex BBC social affairs editor), Lucy Ann Holmes (founder of No More Page 3), Natalie Collins (founder of Fifty Shades of Grey Is Abuse campaign), Tim Robey (Telegraph film critic), Caroline Criado Perez (journalist, feminist campaigner and author of Do It Like a Woman) and Polly Neate (CEO, Women’s Aid) to discuss:

How far have women’s rights come since the 1880s (when Strindberg was writing) and the 1920s (when this new version of The Father by Laurie Slade is set, in northern England)? Where does feminism stand in the age of Fifty Shades of Grey and Page 3/No More Page 3? What do theatre and the arts have to contribute to the debate?

Parenting rights: Does Mummy or Daddy know best?: Mon 30 March

Join Matt O’Connor (founder of Fathers 4 Justice), Sally Peck (editor of the Telegraph's new parenting hub, Mother Tongue), The Father cast members Alex Ferns, Robert Wilfort and Thomas Coombes, and other special guests to discuss:

In The Father, the only way that the mother is able to take control of her life, her family’s fortune and her daughter’s future is by driving her abusive husband to mental breakdown. Has family law now swung too far in the other direction? What about fathers’ rights? Is truly equal parenting ever possible?

Women in the arts: What’s being done about gender inequality?: Tue 7 April

Join Alistair Smith (editor, The Stage), Stella Duffy (theatremaker, campaigner and Fun Palaces creator), Stephanie Street (actor, writer and founder member of The Act of Change project), and The Father cast members Emily Dobbs (also the show’s producer) and June Watson and director Abbey Wright to discuss:

Is enough being done about gender inequality in theatre and the arts? On this year’s Stage 100 list, women only accounted for 26% of ‘influencers’ identified. This caused a flurry of discussion about whether there should be a separate list for women and prompted Stage editor Alistair Smith to write a response, explaining that the list represents how things are currently in the industry not how they should be…


More exciting panelists soon to be announced…

All of the post-show Q&A events will start shortly after the evening’s performance and will last up to an hour.

NB. These events are free and open to anyone with a valid ticket or ticket stub to any The Father performances, with priority going to patrons attending the performance directly before the Q&A.  The Theatre Management reserves the right to refuse attendance.  The producers may change details of the events so please keep referring back to this page for details.

Q&As are produced and chaired by Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock)

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