The Son

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ISBN 9780571354399 Format Paperback
9780571354399
Paperback
Published 21/02/2019 Length 128 pages
128

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He’s not like he was before. Believe me. I don’t know what’s happened, but something has. He’s changed. He . . . And I’m wondering if . . . To be absolutely honest with you . . . I’m even wondering if . . .

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 premieres at the Kiln Theatre, London, in February 2019.

He’s not like he was before. Believe me. I don’t know what’s happened, but something has. He’s changed. He . . . And I’m wondering if . . . To be absolutely honest with you . . . I’m even wondering if . . . 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 premieres at the Kiln Theatre, London, in February 2019.
  • Translated By: Christopher Hampton

    Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The PhilanthropistSavagesTales from HollywoodLes Liaisons DangereusesWhite Chameleon, The Talking Cure and Appomattox. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov, Florian Zeller (including The Father), Daniel Kehlman and Yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3). Musicals include Sunset Boulevard and Stephen Ward, both with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black. His television work includes adaptations of The History Man and Hotel du Lac. His screenplays include The Honorary ConsulThe Good Father, Dangerous Liaisons, Mary Reilly, Total EclipseThe Quiet American, Carrington, The Secret Agent and Imagining Argentina, the last three of which he also directed, and A Dangerous Method, based on his play The Talking Cure. Appomattox was first presented on the McGuire Proscenium Stage of the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, USA, in September 2012 as the centrepiece of a major retrospective of his plays and films. It was subsequently turned into an opera by Philip Glass and premiered at the Kennedy Center, Washington in November 2014.

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