Christopher Hampton, the playwright behind Les Liaisons Dangereuses, will see the American premiere of his play The Height of the Storm take shape at Manhattan Theatre Club this fall. Under the direction of Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee Jonathan Kent (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), the play will arrive at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre with previews commencing in September 20, 2019 toward a September 24 opening night.
The productions comes to the Great White Way directly from London’s West End. The Height of the Storm was originally produced at Wyndham’s Theatre by Simon Friend, Mark Goucher, Howard Panter, and Scott Landis in October 2018. Support for MTC production is provided by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.
The creative team for American premiere includes Anthony Ward (scenic and costume design), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Paul Groothuis (sound design), and Gary Yershon (composer).
With the arrival of The Height of the Storm just a few months away, MTC Artistic Director and Executive Producer Barry Grove has officially announced the cast for the show’s American premiere. Two-time Tony Award-winner Jonathan Pryce (Comedians, Miss Saigon) and three-time Olivier Award-winner Eileen Atkins (The Unexpected Man, Honour) will star in the production, joined onstage by Lucy Cohu (The Height of the Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre, Forgiven, The Queen’s Sister), Amanda Drew (The Height of the Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at the National Theatre), James Hillier (The Height of the Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre, The Crown), and Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder).
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