Strindberg's The Father to Be Revived at London's Trafalgar Studios; Alex Fern Stars | Playbill

News Strindberg's The Father to Be Revived at London's Trafalgar Studios; Alex Fern Stars A new version of August Strindberg's The Father, previously seen at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre in 2012 and subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3, will receive its London premiere at Trafalgar Studios 2, beginning performances March 11. The adaptation by Laurie Slade will officially open March 17 for a run through April 11.

Presented by Jagged Fence Productions in association with Making Productions, it is directed by Abbey Wright. It stars Alex Ferns as the Captain. Ferns is best known for playing Trevor in TV's "EastEnders," and was last seen on the London stage in True West at the Tricycle Theatre.

Also in the cast are June Watson (seen on Broadway in Michael Grandage's production of The Cripple of Inishmaan), Thomas Coombes, Emily Dobbs and Barnaby Sax.

According to press materials, this contemporary version of the play offers a psychologically astute portrayal of gender roles, attitudes to marriage and the battle between science and religion. In the play, 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?

The production is designed by James Turner, with lighting by Gary Bowman, music by Simon Slater and casting by Annie Rowe.

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