Further casting has been announced for the UK premiere of new family drama The Height of the Storm by Florian Zeller, the internationally acclaimed writer of The Father.
Amanda Drew, Lucy Cohu and Patrick Melrose star Anna Madeley will join star of screen and stage Jonathan Pryce, as André, and three-time Olivier Award-winning Eileen Atkins as Madeleine.
Directed by Jonathan Kent, with a translation by Christopher Hampton, The Height of the Storm will open at Richmond Theatre on Saturday 1 September 2018 and play Cambridge Arts Theatre and Bath Theatre Royal, before transferring to London, opening at Wyndham’s Theatre on Tuesday 2 October, with a press night on 9 October.
André and Madeleine have been in love for over 50 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?
Anna Madeley will play the couple’s daughter, Elise. She most recently starred as Mary opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Sky’s Patrick Melrose, and her other screen credits include The Crown (Netflix), Dr Foster (BBC), A Child in Time (BBC) and Secret State (Channel 4). Recent stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Young Vic), Les Blancs (National Theatre), The Crucible (Old Vic), and The Turn of the Screw(Almeida).
Amanda Drew, who starred in Florian Zeller’s The Father, and whose extensive stage credits include Enron (Royal Court/West End), Three Days in the Country (NT), The Events (ATC/Tour) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (West End), will play the other daughter, Anne. Her screen credits include Broadchurch (ITV), EastEnders (BBC), HBO’s forthcoming series Chernobyl and Black Mirror for Netflix.
Lucy Cohu, who won a BAFTA and Emmy for her portrayal of Princess Margaret in The Queen’s Sister, and an Emmy for Forgiven (Channel 4), will play The Woman. Cohu has recently starred opposite Rowan Atkinson in ITV’s Maigret, and other screen credits include Ripper Street (Amazon), Broadchurch (ITV), and films Gosford Park and Becoming Jane.
Jonathan Pryce’s diverse film work includes performances in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, James Foley’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Carrington, Evita and blockbusters 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. 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.
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 and Doc Martin. 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! She can be seen most recently as Queen Mary in Netflix’s The Crown.