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Direct from a sold-out season at Kiln Theatre the five star, hit play, The Son, is now playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller (The Father, The Mother), lauded by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst.

I’m telling you. I don’t understand what’s happening to me.

Nicolas is going through a difficult phase after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping school, lying and thinks that moving in with his father and his new family may help. A fresh start. When he doesn’t settle there either, he decides that going back to his mother’s may be the answer. When change feels like the only way to survive, what will he do when the options begin to run out? 

Please note: The Son deals with issues surrounding mental health in teenagers and contains scenes that some audience members may find upsetting or disturbing.

‘ ‘If you’re looking for a reminder of why theatre matters, this is it.’

The Daily Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish

‘A compulsive, involving, emotionally stirring evening – theatre’s answer to a page-turner.’
The Observer, Kate Kellaway


‘This final part of Florian Zeller’s trilogy is the most powerful of all.’
The Times, Ann Treneman

Customer Reviews

29 reviews
Michael Tappin
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1 Nov 2019

This is the third Zeller play we have seen. Zeller examines , analyses and takes a surgeons scalpel to those family relationships. The tensions within the play were challenging as was the last scene. An excellent production

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27 Oct 2019

Thought provoking play, performances were were excellent in my opinion. 2 hours straight through without an interval to break the tension was perfect.

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18 Oct 2019

Fabulous performance. Distressing but incredibly done. Absolute mistake to miss.

G Kennedy
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16 Oct 2019

Outstanding performances .Every parent can relate to the fear of mental health that your children may encounter.

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10 Oct 2019

A play that held your attention. Really well acted. I went to a matinee and they have to do it again in the evening. Must be exhausting.



Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London

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The cast of the West End transfer of The Son has yet to be announced and there is no word yet if any of the cast from the original run at The Kiln Theatre will be reprising their roles. More information about casting is expected in due time.

The UK premiere of The Son at the Kiln Theatre featured Amanda Abbington, best known for her roles as Mary Watson on the BBC hit drama Sherlock and Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge, played Anne. Laurie Kynaston took to the stage as Abbington's troubled son, Nicolas. Kynaston was in the Gielgud Theatre production of The Ferryman and recently worked on the Netflix series Derry Girls.


Running time: 1hr 40min (no interval)

Good To Know

Please note: The Son deals with issues surrounding mental health in teenagers and contains scenes that some audience members may find upsetting or disturbing.

Acclaimed writer Florian Zeller brings The Son to London!

Florian Zeller is a world-renowned writer who has received many awards and nominations including a Moliere Award (plus 4 additional nominations), a Tony Award, and 2 Olivier Awards. The Son makes its West End debut on the heels of a sell-out, five-star run at the Kiln Theatre. The undeniable success of his previous plays The Mother and The Father coupled with the strength of the show’s UK premiere mean that tickets for The Son are expected to be in incredibly high demand.

The Son tickets are expected to sell out quickly so book yours while they are still available and don't miss your chance to see the end of Florian Zeller's family trilogy.

Suitable For Children

This production is recommended for ages 14+, it contains themes of mental illness and loss.