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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.

The Truth was the new play by multi-award winning French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller. This entertaining and unsettling play about deceit and truth, transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre in June 2016 for a ten week run following huge success playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory and the Theatre Royal Bath.

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 Tanya Franks (Broadchurch) played the withdrawn Laurence, with Robert Portal (Communicating Doors) tookthe role of the aggressive and overtly masculine Paul.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.

Sorry this show closed 03 September 2016, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
02 Sep 2016 - 03 Sep 2016
Running time:
1 hour and 30 minutes.
Wyndham's Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
Content not suitable for young children
Audience Notes:
The Truth is the perfect play for anyone who loves intricate and gripping drama with a flair of dark humour. If you enjoyed last year’s hugely acclaimed The Father then you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see Florian Zeller’s latest work.

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palelylaura Top 200 reviewer 03 Apr 2017

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TM89 Top 50 reviewer 25 Apr 2017

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