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The Height of the Storm

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

Two-time Olivier and Tony winner Jonathan Pryce joins three-time Olivier Award winner Eileen Atkins to bring this acclaimed West End drama by Florian Zeller ("The Father") to Broadway. More…

From the show:

Two of the greatest actors of their generation come together in one unforgettable story of a shared life, and all of its complexities.

Two-time Olivier and Tony winner Jonathan Pryce (“Game of Thrones”, Miss Saigon) joins three-time Olivier Award winner Eileen Atkins (“The Crown”, Doubt) to bring the acclaimed West End sensation by Florian Zeller, and translated by Christopher Hampton (MTC’s The Father), to Broadway.

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. Jonathan Kent (Long Day’s Journey into Night) directs this thrilling production The Times of London declares “a deeply moving new play that takes us to the edge of what it is to love.”


Member Reviews (322)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
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Avg Score

78
Confusing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Great writing and acting. Non-linear slowly revealing, mirroring the confusion of mental decline.

Don't see it if can be confusing and requires a lot of attention. The payoff is worth it.

Also Zeller is an exceptional writer with a fine sensibility. Not everythin... Read more Read less

72
Confusing, Nice set, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to see great performances and are interested in a story about dementia and loss. Set was really nice.

Don't see it if You are easily confused or do not want to actively pay attention. Slower paced play.

77
Resonant, Masterful, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Two great actors. Pryce gives unbelievable performance. About marriage and family. Funny, sad it hits all the senses. superior direction.

Don't see it if Must watch closely or it will be confusing. If you do not like plays that waffle back and forth. Story is not great but goid

90
Romantic, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying, Melancholy

See it if Puzzle play about fragmented fears, memories & delusions of an old man who deeply needs & loves his wife. Beautiful heartfelt ending.

Don't see it if You won't like being confused through most of the play, as several non-linear alternate timelines seem to coexist.

Also I didn't understand what was actually going on during the play until a... Read more Read less

77
Cerebral, Puzzling, Confusing, Great acting

See it if to witness Atkins & Pryce give haunting, affecting perfs in a perplexing but poignant family drama about aging, grief & fractured memories.

Don't see it if ur not comfortable accepting complete ambiguity about the facts of the story; u hope for a powerful play worthy of these 2 powerhouse actors

95
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Powerful acting by all 6 inc. great UK stalwarts. Listen...Listen..Listen.. Note the comment re: those who do not understand, 80 minutes

Don't see it if 80 minutes ( Yes, 80 can be a plus and a minus) We were so engrossed in the play that we cannot comment re: the set, lighting etc

Also Great improvement re: reception to UK productions coming here and our ... Read more Read less

82
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great acting, Confusing

See it if Price & Atkins give a master class in acting technique & stage presence in this psychological drama Other cast members fine but redundant

Don't see it if Zeller's enigmatic conceit is often lugubrious & dour & eventually ponderous Drama would quickly burn out in less skillful actor's hands

79
Intelligent, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You follow Zeller’s work, like Atkins & Pryce, enjoy time-jumping, dream-like & ethereal plots, appreciate being left with mystery

Don't see it if You expect linear straight-forward plots, don’t enjoy more questions than answers, need complete explanations, don’t like being perplexed

77
Enigmatic play is puzzle to be solved; come to see jonathan pryce & eileen atkins

See it if poetic rumination on long-term marriage, & problems after death of partner; Pryce raging, Atkins flinty are masterful

Don't see it if some may be off put by the fractured & ambiguous plotting of play; scenes w exasperated children are flat

Also Central enigma is which member of couple has died since the death of o... Read more Read less

72
Indulgent, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you’re looking to see two actors at their height. Atkins and Pryce are superb.

Don't see it if you get frustrated by confusing plots, and you prefer clear-cut narratives. I can’t figure this one out.

90
Confusing, Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a complex drama addressing real issues intrigues you. Family expectations, effects of aging, survival, responsibility, gorgeous script!

Don't see it if having to think and rethink bothers you. The play makes you work to understand what you are seeing.

77
Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Pryce or Atkins. Wonderful performances by both. The story is a bit confusing, going back and forth in time.

Don't see it if you like a staightforward plot that you can easily follow.

Also The last scene with Pryce and Atkins is worth the price of admission. ... Read more Read less

92
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Sublime acting by 2 leads, where the dad is suffering from dementia. Great lighting design. Raw emotions, outbursts, & pure love are shown.

Don't see it if You don't want to be confused until the next to last scene. That makes it clear who is dead. Last scene is really touching to the heart.

20
Excruciating, Confusing, Pretentious, Overlong, Boring

See it if you have never seen Jonathan Pryce or Eileen Atkins on stage. Remember that this is not a top-notch vehicle for them.

Don't see it if you have ever seen a play by Florian Zeller—all his plays are the same. Why he continues to be produced is mind boggling.

79
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great set, Great acting

See it if See it for the wonderfulness of Pryce and Atkins, just seeing them on stage together is a thrilling opportunity; this is a love story.

Don't see it if you don't like being manipulated throughout a play as to who is or isn't alive - why turn this into a mystery? Good acting, poor book.

87
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy fine acting with minimal action; a show which challenges your perceptions and portrays every day people

Don't see it if you only like musicals; have no desire to see a show which may not end with a bang or even a completely satisfactory conclusion.

92
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want tour de force acting in a wonderfully told story. Have a coffee before so that you are at your most alert to catch everything

Don't see it if You’re not to able to shift gears quickly because this could be confusing though It’s worth it just to see the brilliant performances!!

76
Intense, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see two great actors at their best and a supporting cast that does an excellent job. Intense, and sad, occasionally funny. Short

Don't see it if You really have to pay attention, and it was confusing for the first 20 minutes trying to figure out the trope they were using.

66
Great acting wasted, Confusing

See it if you want to see great veteran actors with an amazing supporting cast

Don't see it if You don’t like to work and work and work. You really have to focus and play catch-up to know what’s going on

Also Everything about this is a really good except for the script. The acto... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Family drama fireworks, Fascinating script, Stellar acting, Dream-like

See it if to witness Jonathan Pryce & Eileen Atkins in their environment, like idea of gradual reveals in discovery of plot elements & strong drama

Don't see it if can't bear familyDrama, aging parents & choices that must be made regarding end of life, don't care 4 work of excellent actors, you're tired

70
Riveting, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if A flawed play with two great performances. See it for Pryce and Atkins.

Don't see it if The story is muddled and confusing. I wasn't sure what was happening from one moment to the next, and wasn't sure what I saw at the end.

80
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if If Like love stories. If you like stories involving years of a relationship as well as various generations of a family.

Don't see it if If you are sensitive to dysfunctional or unusual relationships. If you prefer traditional chronological stories.

76
Eillen atkins!!!!!, Risky bits, Beautifully staged and lit, Dont love this playwright

See it if You want to see natural acting by a pro. Lovely set. A risky bit in which a character sits down as one character and stands as another.

Don't see it if You are turned off by initially feeling a bit off kilter as the conceit unwinds.

Also An interesting unraveling of three stories told in parallel in real ti... Read more Read less

77
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy great acting. The play itself wouldn't work without Pryce and Atkins, but it does highlight their considerable talent.

Don't see it if you don't like to spend the evening trying to figure out what is going on. I am comfortable with ambiguity but this was a distraction.

86
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if have to pay close attention & even then what you see or hear may not be real; is it someone's delusions:; if you like unanswered questions

Don't see it if don't want stories of potential dementia or loss; want something clear cut and not ambiguous, don't want slow pace;

Also Still not sure what details are relevant or are just put in to confuse... Read more Read less


September 24th, 2019
"In ‘The Height of the Storm,’ Two Stars and an Enigma: Florian Zeller’s tiresome new play features Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins as a long-married couple, one of whom may be dead."
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September 24th, 2019
4/5 stars "Translated from the original French by Christopher Hampton and staged with commendable directness by Jonathan Kent, 'The Height of the Storm' might seem merely a clever exercise were it not for its highly distinguished stars."
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September 24th, 2019
"Slight Drama and a Great Performance in 'The Height of the Storm.'"
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September 24th, 2019
"Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins star in Florian Zeller's meditation on marriage, memory, grief and the unraveling mind, adapted into English by Christopher Hampton."
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