Three Kings


ISBN: 9781848429772
Author: By Stephen Beresford
Publication Date: 10/09/2020
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 56pp.
Availability: Available

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When Patrick is eight years old, his absent father returns unexpectedly for a brief but memorable encounter.

Years later – recalling that meeting, and the revelations that followed – Patrick traces the events of his father’s life, laying bare a journey of grandiose plans, aching disappointments and audacious self-delusion.

Three Kings by Stephen Beresford is a heartbreaking and hilarious play for a solo actor about fathers and sons, the gifts and burdens of inheritance, and the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships.

It was written for Andrew Scott to perform as part of Old Vic: In Camera, a series of live performances streamed from the Old Vic Theatre, London, in 2020. This edition includes an introduction by the director Matthew Warchus.

‘A knockout – entertaining, sad and outrageous. [Stephen Beresford] is going to be a major name’ Observer on The Last of the Haussmans

‘A superb monologue – short, sharp, unsettling and upsetting… though easy and colloquial the writing has the intensity of a Greek drama, suggesting how damage ricochets down generations… in its rich mix of light and shade it’s almost a male correlative to Fleabag


‘An intimate character study, teeming with vivid descriptions… beautifully crafted’
The Arts Desk

‘A tour de force… Beresford’s play [is] a mixture of longing and despair, the constant flickering hope that things will be different, the crushing realisation of disappointment. His writing is precise and fluent, catching each mood as it swims swiftly by’


‘A measured and meticulously crafted tale of fathers and sons, with moments of sharp humour’

‘While the subject matter is dark and the content often heartbreaking, there are also elegant moments of comedy scattered lightly at the most perfect times – but when those painful moments do hit, they hit you hard and unexpectedly’
Broadway World

‘Bleakly compelling’
The Times

‘A penetrating play about toxic fathers and sons… until it becomes heartbreaking, Beresford’s script is nasty fun’ 

New York Times

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