A new drama for Radio 3 will broadcast tonight at 7.30pm. Joseph Millson stars as Pierre in 'The Son' written Florian Zeller, and translated by Christopher Hampton.

Starring Laurie Kynaston, Joseph Millson and Nicola Walker, in a translation by Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller’s timely play about parenthood explores the impact of mental illness on an already fractured family.

Pierre is about to realise a career dream and has a new baby with his second wife Sofia. Into this picture of family happiness walks his son, Nicolas, by his first wife, Anne. Nicolas has been struggling with depression, has fallen out with his mum and thinks coming to live with his dad will help him get back on track. It’s not long before past and present collide, reawakening resentments and painful memories.

It’s a play that compels its characters to question whether love is enough to rescue those closest to you.

Nicolas ….. Laurie Kynaston
Pierre ….. Joseph Millson
Anne ….. Nicola Walker
Sofia ….. Cecilia Appiah
Doctor ….. Carl Prekopp
Nurse ….. Ian Dunnett Jnr
Directed by Gemma Jenkins

The production will be introduced by its translator, Sir Christopher Hampton. Christopher translated the two earlier plays in Florian Zeller’s trilogy, ‘The Father’ and ‘The Mother’, both of which have been given productions for Drama on 3.