The Height of the Storm, currently celebrating its American premiere at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club, offers no flying broomsticks, no animatronic beasts — no puppets either. Playwright Florian Zeller again writes a family drama with as much unsaid as said, as much ambiguity as clarity; that is, it feels like the real life of a real family at a crisis... Read more
The Height of the Storm
Tickets are on sale now to see The Height of the Storm at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway.
Manhattan Theatre Club kicks off its 2019-2020 Broadway season with the American premiere of Tony Award nominee Florian Zeller's The Height of the Storm.
2-time Tony and Olivier Award winner Jonathan Pryce and 3-time Olivier Award winner Eileen Atkins reprise their roles of André and Madeleine, respectively, from the widely acclaimed West End run of The Height of the Storm, which played the Wyndham's Theatre in London from October to December 2018.
The word ‘icon’ is used rarely in the theatre industry, but these two celebrated British actors have truly earned the right to be described as icons of the stage and it is always an event when they cross the pond to grace the New York stage. This production marks the first time Jonathan Pryce has been seen on Broadway since 2006 and he, of course, will forever be remembered for his infamous performance as The Engineer in Miss Saigon and the controversy that surrounded his casting at that time in 1991. Dame Atkins’ last Broadway appearance was also in 2006, as she took on the role of Sister Aloysius in Doubt. So, it’s been a long 13-year absence for this pair of stage veterans, but New York theatregoers are finally getting the chance to see them up close and personal again, thanks to Manhattan Theatre Club.
MTC enjoyed some previous success with French playwright Florian Zeller, earning a Tony Award nomination for “Best Play” for the Broadway premiere of The Father in 2016. The character of André in this play was portrayed with harrowing impact by Frank Langella, who took home the Tony for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play” for his efforts. Will The Height of the Storm brew up similar triumphs for MTC in the 2019-2020 Broadway season?
Zeller is slowly becoming a regular contributor to both the London and New York theatre scenes with The Mother and The Son joining The Father in recent years, alongside comedies The Truth and The Lie, on either or both sides of the Atlantic. Indeed, his plays have been staged in over 45 countries to date. We have no doubt that The Height of the Storm, although it arguably comes at the height of his young career, won’t be the last we hear from this exceptional talent.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
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.
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Latest The Height of the Storm News & Features
Last night the New York Theatre Guide was on hand to celebrate the official opening of The Height of the Storm on the Great White Way! Following its critically acclaimed run in London in the fall of 2018, Manhattan Theatre Club imported this compelling drama from celebrated playwright Florian Zeller for this American premiere and, with it, two true Greats of the stage and screen... two-time Olivier and Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce and three-time Olivier Award winner and four-time Tony Award nominee Eileen Atkins! Read our 4* review of the MTC production here.
The storm continues a little longer... Ahead of tonight's official opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club has announced a 1-week extension for its current 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, the production began previews on September 10 and will now run through November 24, 2019 (instead of November 17).
Ahead of next week's official opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club has released official Broadway production photos for the American premiere of Tony Award nominee Florian Zeller's The Height of the Storm.
The storm has arrived! Manhattan Theatre Club's 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, begins previews at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre tonight. The limited engagement will celebrate its official opening on September 24 and close on November 17, 2019.
Manhattan Theatre Club has now announced complete casting for the upcoming 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.