Jonathan Pryce & Eileen Atkins to star in The Height of the Storm on Broadway
The American premiere of Florian Zeller's The Height of the Storm will begin performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 10, 2019.
Manhattan Theatre Club will present the American premiere of Tony Award nominee Florian Zeller's The Height of the Storm, translated by Academy & Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton and directed by Tony Award nominee Jonathan Kent, which is scheduled to begin previews at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 10, 2019, ahead of an official opening on September 24.
Two British stage legends - Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins - will reunite in New York City for the production, reprising their respective roles as André and Madeleine from the widely acclaimed West End run, which played a limited engagement at the Wyndham's Theatre in London from October to December 2018. Over the course of their illustrious careers on stage, Mr. Pryce has won two Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards, whilst Ms. Atkins has won three Olivier Awards and received four Tony Award nominations.
Synopsis: "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."
The creative team behind The Height of the Storm features original music by Gary Yershon, scenic & costume design by Anthony Ward, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, and sound design by Paul Groothuis.
Additional casting for the American premiere, which is produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club alongside Simon Friend, Mark Goucher, Howard Panter and Scott Landis, will be announced at a later date.
The Height of the Storm will mark Florian Zeller's second Broadway production, following his Broadway debut (also courtesy of MTC) with The Father, which played the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in the spring of 2016, earning a Tony Award nomination for "Best Play" and featuring a Tony Award-winning performance by Frank Langella. He is also soon to be represented off-Broadway with the US premiere of The Mother, starring Isabelle Huppert, which plays Atlantic Theater Company's Linda Gross Theater from February 20 through to April 7, 2019.
Jonathan Pryce (CBE) was last seen on the Broadway stage in 2006, assuming the role of Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He won Tony Awards for his iconic performance as The Engineer in Miss Saigon (in 1991) and for his Broadway debut as Gethin Price in Comedians (in 1977) and also starred in the 1984 Broadway premiere of Accidental Death of an Anarchist, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination.
Dame Eileen Atkins has previously appeared on the Broadway stage seven times and earned four Tony Award nominations (for The Retreat From Moscow in 2004, for Indiscretions in 1995, for Vivat! Vivat Regina! in 1972, and for her Broadway debut in The Killing of Sister George in 1967). She was last seen on the Great White Way in 2006, assuming the role of Sister Aloysius in Doubt.
(Photos by Tristram Kenton)