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The Height of the Storm

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  4f, 2m

André and Madeleine have been in love for over fifty years. This weekend, as their daughters visit, something feels unusual...

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 2m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
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  • Minimum Fee: £85 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary

André and Madeleine have been in love for over fifty years. This weekend, as their daughters visit, something feels unusual. A bunch of flowers arrive, 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?

Christopher Hampton’s translation of Florian Zeller’s The Height of the Storm was first performed at Richmond Theatre, London, and opened in the West End at Wyndham’s Theatre in October 2018.

History

Avant  de  s’envoler  in  its  original  French  production  opened  at  the  Théâtre  de  l’Oeuvre,  Paris  on  5  October  2016.

ANNE – daughter

ANDRÉ – father

MADELEINE – mother

ÉLISE – second daughter

A WOMAN

A MAN

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting

    André and Madeleine’s country house, not far from Paris.

  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Media

“A deeply moving study of love, loss and the unbearable pain of absence...” – The Guardian

“Zeller silkily interweaves layers of time and memory in this elegiac meditation on ageing, frailty and loneliness, fluidly rendered in Christopher Hampton's translation.” – Evening Standard

“Deeply moving. A play that takes us to the edge of what it is to love.” – The Times

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Florian Zeller

Florian Zeller is a French novelist, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker. He came to prominence with his third novel, The Fascination of Evil, which was awarded the prestigious Prix Interallié and nominated for the Prix Goncourt in 2004. Between 2004 and 2020 Zeller ...
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Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton became involved in theatre while studying French and German at Oxford University, and wrote a play in his first year.

The Royal Court's subsequent production was so successful that it transferred to the Comedy Theatre while he was still a student, making hi ...

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