The Truth Tickets
The Truth was the new play by the award winning French playwright Florian Zeller. This English language version by Christopher Hampton, directed by Lindsay Posner transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre in June 2016 following critically acclaimed runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and the Theatre Royal Bath. The original cast, including Tanya Franks, Frances O’Connor, Robert Portal and Alexander Hanson all reprised their original roles.
Known to many for the huge success of his last black comedy The Father, which was awarded the 2014 Molière Award for Best Play, as well as being nominated for the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Play in 2016, Florian Zeller’s latest work was translated by Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and directed by Lindsay Posner, known for his long history of working with David Mamet.
Told from the perspective of two couples, the play is a biting comedy that dissects ideas of suspicion, friendship, deceit and, ultimately, The Truth.
As Michael, a businessman, falls into an affair with Alice, a doctor, events slowly begin to escalate as Alive begins to demand more from their relationship. With Alice’s husband, Paul’s, status as Michael’s best friend, this is an intricate and delicate web of relationships with some much unexpected ramifications around the corner.
The original cast reprised their original roles in the transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre, with Alexander Hanson (Jesus Christ Superstar, Stephen Ward) and the un-self-aware and loquacious adulterer Michael, Frances O’Connor (The Missing) as partner to his best friend and attractive lover, Alice. Tanya Franks (Broadchurch) played the withdrawn Laurence, with Robert Portal (Communicating Doors) tookthe role of the aggressive and overtly masculine Paul.
The Truth is was a thought provoking and funny play, combining Florian Zeller’s typical mastery in balancing gripping drama and suspense with his distinctive dark humour.