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Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins to star in The Height of the Storm

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MULTI award-winning star of screen and stage Jonathan Pryce and three-time Olivier award-winning Dame Eileen Atkins will star in The Height of the Storm, a new play by Florian Zeller, the internationally acclaimed writer of The Father.

Directed by Jonathan Kent, The Height of the Storm will open at Richmond Theatre on Saturday, September 1 and play Cambridge Arts Theatre and Bath Theatre Royal, before transferring to London’s Wyndham’s Theatre where it will run from October 9 (previews from October 2) to December 1, 2018.

André and Madeleine have been in love for over fifty years. This weekend, as their daughters visit, something feels unusual. A bunch of flowers arrives, but who sent them? A woman from the past turns up, but who is she? And why does André feel like he isn’t there at all?

Described as a beautifully compelling family drama, The Height of the Storm is a searing exploration of love, family and the fragility of life.

Jonathan Pryce is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning actor. His diverse film work includes lauded performances in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, James Foley’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Carrington for which he won the Best Actor award at both the Cannes Film Festival and the Evening Standard Awards, Evita and successful blockbusters such as Tomorrow Never Dies, The Pirates of the Caribbean series and the G.I. Joe films.

His extensive theatre work includes Comedians in London and on Broadway, for which he won a Tony Award; The Royal Court production of Hamlet, for which he received an Olivier Award; and Miss Saigon in which he starred on both sides of the Atlantic, winning further Olivier and Tony Awards.

Pryce’s recent work includes Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote alongside Adam Driver; The Man Who Invented Christmas alongside Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer, and The Wife opposite Glenn Close. He is currently filming upcoming Netflix feature The Pope alongside Anthony Hopkins, directed by Fernando Meirelles.

His television work includes Taboo for FX and BBC, alongside Tom Hardy, and Sally Wainwright’s one-off film for BBC television To Walk Invisible. He also starred in Cranford: Return to Cranford, for which he received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama. His other recent television roles include Cardinal Wolsey in the award-winning adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and High Sparrow in the hugely successful series Game of Thrones.

Dame Eileen Atkins is a three-time Olivier Award-winning actress, and four-time Tony Award nominee. She is known for her BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning performance in Cranford and major roles in Upstairs Downstairs, Doc Martin and most recently, as Queen Mary in Netflix’s The Crown. Her film roles include Gosford Park, The Hours and Paddington 2.

Atkins’ many stage appearances in the West End include Honour, Ellen Terry, Three Tall Women and The Female of the Species. She has also played starring roles on Broadway in Retreat from Moscow with John Lithgow, and All that Fall with Michael Gambon, Indiscretions with Jude Law, The Killing of Sister George and Vivat! Vivat! Regina!, for all of which she received Tony Award nominations for Best Actress.

The Height of the Storm is translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Jonathan Kent (Gypsy, Long Day’s Journey into Night) and produced by Simon Friend, Mark Goucher and Howard Panter. Co-producers will be Gavin Kalin, Act Productions and Scott Landis.

Tickets (Wyndham’s Theatre): From £12.50. To book, call 0844 482 5120 or visit theheightofthestorm.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:45pm; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm.

Dates: Richmond Theatre – September 1 – 8; Cambridge Arts Theatre – September 10 – 15; and Bath Theatre Royal – September 17 – 29.

Richard Eyre’s acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night continues at Wyndham’s Theatre until April 7, 2018.

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