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About The Height of the Storm

Two-time Olivier and Tony winner Jonathan Pryce (“Game of Thrones”, Miss Saigon) joins three-time Olivier Award winner Eileen Atkins (“The Crown”, Doubt) to bring the acclaimed West End sensation by Florian Zeller, and translated by Christopher Hampton (MTC’s The Father), to Broadway.

For 50 years the lives of André and Madeleine have been filled with the everyday pleasures and unfathomable mysteries of an enduring marriage, until suddenly their life together begins to unravel, and this loving relationship is faced with the inevitability of change. Jonathan Kent (Long Day’s Journey into Night) directs this thrilling production The Times of London declares “a deeply moving new play that takes us to the edge of what it is to love.”

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French dramatist Florian Zeller once again brings his work stateside with his latest drama “The Height of the Storm,” and he of course brings his knack for heartache and tension along with it. An introspective look at introspection itself, the play sees one couple look back at their 50 years of marriage together and question, frankly, everything. One can gather, after five decades spent with another person, all may not be coming up roses.

Having played a number of hit engagements in London — where it was named by The Guardian as the best play of the year — the piece arrives at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre with a cast led by Tony and Olivier Award winner Jonathan Pryce, as well as “The Crown” star Eileen Atkins. The production, courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club (which also produced Zeller’s previous play, “The Father”), is directed by Jonathan Kent.

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What To Watch For

  • Although “The Height of the Storm” does centralize one couple, it is not a two-hander. In addition to Pryce and Atkins (both of whom reprise their roles from the UK), the six-person cast will also include Amanda Drew, James Hillier, Lisa O’Hare, and Lucy Cohu.
  • “The Height of the Storm” was originally written in French. It was translated to English by Christopher Hampton, who previously translated playwright Florian Zeller’s “The Father.” Notably, Hampton is not an academic translator and in fact won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay for the film “Dangerous Liaisons.”
  • If playwright Florian Zeller’s previous Broadway outing is any indication, “The Height of the Storm” star Jonathan Pryce may want to dust off an awards speech or two. For Zeller’s “The Father” in 2016, star Frank Langella won the Leading Actor in a Play Tony Award.
  • Speaking of “The Father,” that show and “The Height of the Storm” share more than a playwright; they share character identifiers. Both pieces have characters that go by the respective names Andre, Anne, (The) Man, and (The) Woman. None of the shows’ actors appear in both, however.

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90 minutes, no intermission

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Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

261 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

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