The Height of the Storm

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)

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Running time: 
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
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About The Height of the Storm:

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.


Florian Zeller (translated by Christopher Hampton)
Manhattan Theatre Club
Jonathan Kent
Hugh Vanstone
Paul Groothuis
Anthony Ward
Anthony Ward
Cast list:
Jonathan Pryce (as André) and Eileen Atkins (as Madeleine), alongside Lucy Cohu (as The Woman), Amanda Drew (as Anne), James Hillier (as The Man), and Lisa O’Hare (as Elise)
Other info:
Original Music by Gary Yershon
The Height of the Storm Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
September 10, 2019
Opening date: 
September 24, 2019
November 24, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre - Manhattan Theatre Club

261 West 47th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street or 50th Street stations

Latest The Height of the Storm News & Features

Eileen Atkins & Jonathan Pryce in The Height of the Storm
A New York Theatre Guide to... The Height of the Storm!
November 11, 2019

French Playwright Florian Zeller has made quite the splash on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years. Translated by Christopher Hampton, his plays have been among the most thought-provoking and emotionally charged pieces of new drama seen by audiences in the West End and on Broadway. Having produced his 2016 Tony-nominated play The Father, Manhattan Theatre Club now presents the Broadway transfer of The Height of the Storm, directed by Jonathan Kent, which began previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 10, 2019, ahead of an official opening on September 24.   Jonathan Pryce

Eileen Atkins & Jonathan Pryce
New York Theatre Guide at the Opening Night of The Height of the Storm on Broadway
September 25, 2019

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.

Eileen Atkins & Jonathan Pryce in The Height of the Storm
Official Broadway production photos released for The Height of the Storm
September 18, 2019

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.

Our The Height of the Storm Review

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