Broadway will get a little more starry next year, when three-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Frank Langella returns to the Great White Way to star in the Manhattan Theater Club’s production of The Father. Written by Florian Zeller with a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, God of Carnage), The Father will be directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, City of Conversation) and will recieve its American premiere during the MTC’s 2015-2016 season.
Zeller’s play (which bears no relation to the August Strindberg project of the same name) tells the story of Andre (Langella), a father who is struggling with dementia while living with his daughter and her husband. Langella, who recieved Tonys for his roles in Fortune’s Fool, Seascape, and Frost/Nixon (in which he played Richard Nixon, a role he originated in the play’s London production). The upcoming projest reunites Langella with Hughes for the first time since A Man for All Seasons, in which Langella played Sir Thomas More.
The Father has already recieved critical acclaim overseas, and a limited-run West End transfer of the production will be unveiled this fall. Additional Broadway casting will be announced in the coming weeks. The show will open in limited engagement, with previews starting Mar. 22, 2016, and an opening night on April 12 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.