Award-winning The Father translated into Maltese in new production by Teatru Manoel

A deeply moving exploration of identity, family, and the fragility of the human mind.

Teatru Manoel presents Il-Missier, a Maltese translation of the award-winning French stage play The Father written by Florian Zeller. Featuring Mario Micallef in the lead role,  and Simone Ellul as his daughter Anne, Il-Missier boasts a stellar cast and creative team in a new version translated by Alfred Palma and directed by Jacob Piccinino.

From Friday the 2nd to Sunday the 4th of February 2024 Teatru Manoel invites audiences to attend il-Missier, a powerful and thought-provoking play that explores the challenges of ageing and the disorienting effects of dementia. As the lines between reality and illusion blur, the audience is taken on a rollercoaster ride of uncertainty and empathy. The Maltese translation brilliantly captures the raw emotions and complexities of the original award-winning text, immersing the audience in a deeply moving exploration of identity, family, and the fragility of the human mind.

“Theatre has an important role in the expression of all that makes us human, our challenges, our hopes and fears,” said Teatru Manoel Artistic Director Adrian Mamo. “Florian Zeller’s play gets to the very heart of what is probably the world’s current greatest killer, dementia, and its depiction of its effects on us as human beings and our relationships with those close to us is presented in an honest, warm, and sometimes humorous way. It is a process of catharsis in the manner of traditional and yet contemporary theatre”.

Originally written in French by Florian Zeller, and later translated into English by Christopher Hampton, The Father has been performed all over the world and received various accolades including the prestigious Molière Award for Best Play in 2014. In 2020, Zeller directed the screen adaptation of The Father, which features Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman in the lead roles.

The Teatru Manoel production of Il-Missier stars Maltese stage and screen veteran Mario Micallef in the role of Andre, alongside a powerful cast made up of Simone Ellul, Mikhail Basmadjian, Sarah Camilleri, Charles Sammut, and Angele Galea. Il-Missier promises to be a theatrical masterpiece that will leave you questioning the nature of reality and the bonds that connect us all.

“Teatru Manoel is proud to bring together a group of talented artists from different theatrical backgrounds in this new production in Maltesesaid Mamo.

Taking place at Teatru Manoel from February 2 to 4, Il-Missier has a run time of 1 hour 30 minutes (with no interval), and is recommended for audiences ages over 14. Tickets range from €8 to €28 and can be purchased online or from the Box office. For more information on the production and to purchase tickets, visit https://teatrumanoel.mt/event/il-missier/ or call (+356) 21246389. 

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