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After a critically acclaimed West End run at London's Wyndham's Theatre in 2018, Florian Zeller's deeply moving portrait of disintegration, love and loss transfers to Broadway as part of the Manhattan Theatre Club's 2019/20 season. Following his succession of thought-provoking dramas and black comedies The Truth, The Lie and The Father, the celebrated French playwright returns to familiar territory in this latest emotional heavy-hitter, tenderly exploring a marriage on the edge of Alzheimer-induced oblivion.
Three-time Olivier Award-winning actress Dame Eileen Atkins and two-time Olivier and Tony Award winning stage and screen veteran Jonathan Pryce prove a magnetic combination as the play's lead characters. Praised for their nuanced and empathic performances, their partnership is the stuff of theatre legend. Together they mine the depths of the relationship between man and wife as they struggle to let go of the past in the face of an unknown future.
Pryce portrays Andre, a husband and family man who's spent the last 50 years of his life weathering the storms and enjoying the bliss of his lifelong partnership with his wife Madeleine. Fiercely the captain of his ship, Andre's world begins to crumble with the onset of Alzheimer's. His authoritative march forward grinds to a halt when bewilderment and trembling hands replace assurance and sure-footedness, made all the more confusing by his daughters' bright ideas about how best to handle him and the situation. A paragon of female fortitude, Madeleine remains his link to a once normal life as she braves the storm and faces the reality of their fading days.
Previews from: 10 September 2019
Opening night: 24 September 2019
90 minutes, with no intermission
Written by Florian Zeller
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Jonathan Kent
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