Laurie Slade’s acclaimed new version of August Strindberg’s The Father is to be given its London premiere at Trafalgar Studios this March.
Directed by Abbey Wright, former resident assistant director at the Donmar Warehouse, Slade’s contemporary adaptation of Strindberg’s masterpiece will star Alex Ferns as the Captain.
Laurie’s version is a psychologically astute portrayal of gender roles, attitudes to marriage and the battle between science and religion.
An uneasy stand-off exists between the Captain and his wife, Laura. But, a disagreement over the future of 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 be the girl’s father, a chain of events is set in motion that cannot be stopped.
It is a battle of the minds, but the real question is – is it a battle either can win?
Ferns is well known for his award-winning role as Trevor in EastEnders and he returns to the stage after recently starring in Sam Shepherd’s True West at the Tricycle Theatre.
Joining Ferns in the company are June Watson (theatre credits – The Cripple of the Inishmaan, Good People, Mrs Lowry & Son. TV – Law and Order: UK, Holby City and The City); Thomas Coombes (Single Spies, The Merchant Of Venice. TV – Jekyll and Hyde, The Woman in Red, Wallander, Count Arthur Strong, Atlantis, Suspects, The Honourable Woman); Emily Dobbs (stage credits – The Seagull, Gotcha) and Barnaby Sax (Theatre – Antony & Cleopatra, Serious Money).
The Father runs at the Trafalgar Studios from March 11- April 11.