Acclaimed, Olivier Award-nominated playwright Florian Zeller brings his latest new work, The Height Of The Storm, to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre after a brief UK tour, for a strictly limited season.
The show is due to open on 2 October after a month touring in Richmond, Cambridge and Bath, for a limited season of just eight weeks. It will be directed by Jonathan Kent, who is best known for transforming the Almeida Theatre into a leading producing house with co-artistic director Ian McDiarmid. Under the two, the theatre transferred 14 plays onto the West End and Broadway in 13 years. More recently, Kent has brought such musical theatre classics as Gypsy and Sweeney Todd to the West End as transfer from Chichester Festival Theatre.
Playwright Zeller last brought comedy The Truth to the West End, but is most well-known theatrically for The Father, which won actor Kenneth Cranham an Olivier Award in 2015. Zeller’s original plays in French are commonly translated into English by Christopher Hampton,who has adapted The Height Of The Storm for the West End this time also.
This production will star Olivier Award winners Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins in their first stage collaboration together. Pryce has won two awards, both as Best Actor but one in the play Hamlet (as Hamlet) and another in the musical Miss Saigon (as The Engineer). Atkins is a three-time winner for performances in An Unexpected Man, Honour and a triple billing of Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and Mountain Language back in 1988.
The Height Of The Storm centres around André and Madeleine, who have been happily married for fifty years. But when their daughters arrive for a visit, something feels off. An unexpected bunch of flowers comes to the door, and a woman from the past emerges from the shadows. Get your tickets now to find out the reasons behind it all.