Lizzie Clachan’s clean-cut set is messed up by Nicolas’s indecipherable scrawlings on a wall and a large black bag suspended threateningly from the ceiling which later spews Nicolas’s gear all over the stage.

In 2011, he appeared in an episode of BBC TV series Silk as Alan Bradley, a man accused of rape. There’s a telling moment when Anne, seeking to play the role of a sympathetic mum, suggests to Nicolas that his problems may be the result of breaking up with a girl: Kynaston’s response is to curl himself into a ball and beat the floor in frustration at the facile nature of the idea. The play ran at the Kiln Theatre from February 20, 2019 through April 6, 2019. by Florian Zeller. The production marked the directorial debut of Rupert Everett. [10] During rehearsals, Everett accidentally injured Light's eye, which later led to Light falling off stage. Playing truant from school and not seeing any friends, the self-harming Nicolas is depressed, angry and disruptive, as he goes from one parent to the other — a danger to himself and possibly to others. [13], Agent Hamilton: But Not If It Concerns Your Daughter, http://www.markhamfroggattandirwin.com/cv/client_john-light_id_100119.htm, https://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-thom-pain-based-on-nothing-the-print-room-will-eno/, http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Theatre-Review/thom-pain-based-on-nothing-the-print-room, http://www.trh.co.uk/uncategorized/taken-at-midnight-receives-three-olivier-award-nominations/, https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/Full-Cast-Announced-For-Uk-Premiere-Of-Florian-Zellers-THE-SON-20190114, https://officiallondontheatre.com/news/amanda-abbington-to-star-in-florian-zellers-the-son/, https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/THE-SON-Transfers-to-the-West-End-20190508, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uncle-vanya-review-tantalising-set-shame-about-the-production-9np39qkcj, "Neve Campbell Files Divorce On the Down Low", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Light_(actor)&oldid=985489246, Alumni of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Male actors from Birmingham, West Midlands, Articles with dead external links from May 2019, Articles with permanently dead external links, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 October 2020, at 07:10. He has received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for his supporting performance in the play Taken at Midnight (2014). One of the play’s many virtues is that it provides no easy explanation for Nicolas’s condition.
The couple became engaged in December 2005, and married on 5 May 2007 in Malibu, California. Sold Out. He portrayed British pilot Robert Newman in the German film Dresden, in which he spoke German; and played Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany in the 2003 film The Lion in Winter alongside Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. In 2013, he appeared as Chief Inspector Roger Nelson in the BBC TV series WPC 56 (series 1), and he appeared as Hercule Flambeau, nemesis of Father Brown, in the BBC TV series Father Brown episode 1.10 The Blue Cross. Light joined the cast of "Uncle Vanya" at the Theatre Royal Bath for a limited run in summer 2019. As its title implies, this time the focus is on the inner torment of a teenage son, Nicolas, who cannot come to terms with his father Pierre leaving his mother Anne and himself to start a new family. John Light captures perfectly Pierre’s mix of guilt and concern and, suddenly kicking over a sofa in fury, movingly shows the powerlessness of a parent confronting filial depression. But the lasting image of the production is of Kynaston’s Nicolas, whose features suggest a total withdrawal from the world into his own inexplicable hell. There is strong support from Amanda Abbington as the equally uncomprehending Anne, and from Amaka Okafor as Sofia, who sees Nicolas as an obstinate barrier to her own happiness. As Nicolas says, in Christopher Hampton’s limpid translation: “Sometimes I feel I’m not made for this life.” Zeller is a shrewd enough dramatist to show that even in a fraught situation there are fleeting moments of happiness. THE SON. © 2020 Londonist, All rights reserved. All material on this site is the property of Londonist Ltd. Theatre Review: Florian Zeller’s The Son At Kiln Theatre. It may spring from the divided loyalty he feels towards his divorced parents or it may have its origins in Pierre’s own difficult relationship with his father. In. Let us know here. [11], In 2005, Light began dating Canadian film and television actress Neve Campbell. The Son is at the Kiln, London, until 6 April. Light appeared as Henry Lennox (with Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe) in the BBC production North and South from the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. Florian Zeller’s remarkable play completes a trilogy that views a single family from different perspectives. Nicolas lies, engages in self-mutilation, turns suicidal and even when he gets psychiatric help, it offers no answer. The coolest London events from our partners. I’d defy anyone not to be moved by this study of the disruptive dynamics of family life. Be aware that information may have changed since it was published. Has appeared as Professor Felix Garwood in Lewis (2014 series 8 episode 2, both parts (The Lions of Nemea)) and in the prequel Endeavour. The Son, Kiln Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR.

Michael Longhurst’s taut, finely-tuned production delivers a real emotional punch, especially when Nicolas’s parents have to decide whether to take him out of a psychiatric hospital against the doctor’s advice. [8] He will reprise the role in the West End production, scheduled to run in Fall 2019 at the Duke of York's Theatre.[9]. Direct from a sold-out season at Kiln Theatre the five star, hit play, The Son, transfers to the Duke of York’s theatre for ten weeks only from 24 August. Written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller, lauded by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst and … In 2012, he appeared as the titular character in Thom Pain (based on nothing), a role for which critics praised him. In 2016, he appeared as Dacourt in the ITV series Maigret episode 1.2 "Maigret's Dead Man". Nicolas spontaneously apes his dad’s exhibitionist hip-swaying and the stage suddenly floods with a joy that is just as quickly shattered. The Trick review – a magic show with nothing up its sleeve. Laurie Kynaston is terrifically edgy and unpredictable as Nicolas, vulnerable but aggressive, full of needy manipulativeness. Florian Zeller’s The Son, translated from French by Christopher Hampton, is the final play in his ‘family trilogy’. John Light gives a superb performance as the guilt-ridden Pierre who wants the best for Nicolas but loses his temper with his son’s lying. The Son is a moving drama that asks searching questions about children’s demands and parental responsibility: ultimately, did Nicolas make his own ‘choice’ or could Pierre ‘have done more’? Guilt and concern … John Light and Laurie Kynaston in The Son. He reprised the role in the 2014 episode 2.5 The Mysteries of the Rosary, the 2015 episode 3.10 The Judgment of Man, the 2016 episode 4.5 The Daughter of Autolycus, the 2017 episode 5.15, "The Penitent Man", the 2018 episode 6.10 "The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau", the 2019 episode 7.10 "The Honourable Thief” and the 2020 episode 8.5 "The Folly Of Jephthah". He played Satan in two films released in 2005 which were titled The Prophecy: Uprising and The Prophecy: Forsaken. But Zeller doesn’t analyse depression: he simply presents it as it frighteningly is. He also appeared in the title role of the 2009 play A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine.

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