Tag Archives: Florian Zeller

The Height of the Storm

Wyndham’s Theatre, London *****
Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 9, 2018:

© Hugo Glendinning, Jonathan Pryce as Andre in Anthony Ward's handsome set, contemplating life, last night's storm, and the storm of his life with Amanda Drew as his daughter, Anne, beginning to sort through his many papers...

© Hugo Glendinning, Jonathan Pryce as Andre in Anthony Ward’s handsome set, contemplating life, last night’s storm, and the storm of his life with Amanda Drew as his daughter, Anne, beginning to sort through his many papers…

French playwright, Florian Zeller is definitely the playwright do nos jours. If Pinter at one time could do no wrong in certain eyes and in the autumn of his years, could expect several of his plays to be running somewhere simultaneously, Zeller too now carries a similar halo. After huge UK successes with The Father, The Mother, The Truth and The Lie, now comes The Height of the Storm, once again in the limpid, easy-on-the-ear translation of Christopher Hampton. Continue reading

Right Now

Bush Theatre, London (****)

© Simon Annand, (l-r) Lindsey Campbell (Alice), Guy Williams (Gilles), Ben (Sean Biggerstaff), Juliette (Maureen Beattie), (and upside down) Dyfan Dwyfor (Francois)

© Simon Annand,
(l-r) Lindsey Campbell (Alice), Guy Williams (Gilles), Ben (Sean Biggerstaff), Juliette (Maureen Beattie), (and upside down) Dyfan Dwyfor (Francois)

 

There’s an interesting gallic breeze blowing across British theatreland at present. It may of course all be coincidental but if Catherine-Anne Toupin’s oleaginous husband Gilles and his equally repugnant wife, Juliette, had anything to do with it, nothing comes by chance. All is meant to be. Continue reading

The Truth

The Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark, London (****)

© Marc Brenner, Frances O'Connor (Alice) and Alexander Hanson (Michel) in Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Bath co-production of Florian Zeller's The Truth

© Marc Brenner, Frances O’Connor (Alice) and Alexander Hanson (Michel) in Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Bath co-production of Florian Zeller’s The Truth

Having scored walloping successes with The Father and The Mother, Florian Zeller’s The Truth, once again adapted by Christopher Hampton, comes as  light, comic relief although its subject of marital infidelity can be as much tragedy as comedy. Continue reading

The Mother

The Tricycle Theatre, London (****)

© Mark Douet

© Mark Douet

After The Father comes its companion piece, The Mother. Having carried off acting honours with Kenneth Cranham in The Father (shortly to be revived again in the West End), the Theatre Royal Bath and the Tricycle continue their showcasing of Florian Zeller, the French playwright and novelist. Continue reading

The Father

Tricycle Theatre, London

© Simon Annand

© Simon Annand

Florian Zeller, unknown to British audiences but feted in France and elsewhere in Europe, has clearly been taking lessons from Pinter. The Father reeks of contaminated emotions – barely disguised threats delivered under the most civilised of behaviours. Just the odd cuff round the ear is enough to reduce Kenneth Cranham’s father, André – described by his daughter Anne as, in younger years, `having authority’ – to numb, shivering fear. Continue reading