The Mother extends Tricycle run

Reporter: Charlotte Marshall, first published Fri 29 Jan 2016 17:31

In the latest success for French playwright Florian Zeller on the London stage, the Tricycle Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of his drama, The Mother, has extended its run.

The show, which stars Gina McKee in the title role, will now run at the Kilburn venue until 12 March. It had been previously been booking until 5 March.

Telling the disorientating story of a woman settling into a new period of her life, encounters are unnervingly distorted as the brooding thoughts of Anne (McKee) slowly encroach upon her recollections of her former life, her beloved family and the recent actions of her husband.

Directed by Laurence Boswell, the production opened earlier this week to an outpour of critical acclaim. The Guardian proclaimed it “offers a poignant, deeply Freudian study of a mind on the edge of breakdown” and Official London Theatre’s Matthew Amer called the piece “a confusing, addictive, seducing, momentarily heart-breaking experience.”

Moliere Award winner Zeller has been experiencing a wave of success on the London stage in recent months. His hugely successful companion piece to The Father, first seen in London at the Tricycle Theatre, transferred to the West End and is soon to return for another run, while the Menier Chocolate Factory announced earlier this week it would present the UK premiere of his relationship drama The Truth this March.

The Mother, which also stars Richard Clothier, Frances McNamee and William Postlethwaite, will be followed by Abbey Theatre’s acclaimed The Man In The Woman’s Shoes from 4 April.