The Truth at Wyndham's Theatre tickets
The Truth at Wyndham's Theatre tickets

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Overview

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 Tanya Franks (Broadchurch) played the withdrawn Laurence, with Robert Portal (Communicating Doors) tookthe role of the aggressive and overtly masculine Paul.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

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Content not suitable for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 22 Jun 2016
Press night: 27 Jun 2016
Booking from: 02 Sep 2016
Booking until: 03 Sep 2016

Location and map

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DA

34 Reviews Add review

This is a comedy - and ended up being one of those most awkward evenings where I'm in the middle of a theatre full of people laugh... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 42 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This is a comedy - and ended up being one of those most awkward evenings where I'm in the middle of a theatre full of people laughing uproariously, while I'm sitting there thinking, "What?!" It's obviously based on a French play - two middle-aged couples, best friends, living in Paris, all with French names. And several times, it occurred to me that, although a clever play, this would probably have been funnier in the original French. Or with a different director. Or a different cast. Humour is an elusive thing, and I'm not sure what this play needed - but it definitely needed something. Not the lead actor running around the stage like a lunatic, while everyone around him keeps their cool. It's a comedy of misunderstandings and half-truths, and there's a scene where one admits to the other he's been having an affair with his wife, because he's convinced the guy already knows. Then (spoiler) he discovers he hadn't known, and utters the immortal line - wait for it - "I've put my foot in it!" Whereupon the entire place erupted. Sorry, I still don't get it - I woke up this morning still wondering what on earth made that line funny. All I can imagine is that the whole place (me excepted) was suspended in nervous tension as they realised what a mistake he was making, and released it all at that moment in an explosion of laughter. O dear. It didn't improve before the inconclusive ending - at least there wasn't an interval, so I was out of there decently early. Runs until the 3rd, this show, if you're interested - I'm just glad I didn't pay full price.

u2fancat 5'6'', 42 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I'm really not not sure what I thought of this show. It was funny, it was moving and in some ways I really enjoyed the story. But ... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I'm really not not sure what I thought of this show. It was funny, it was moving and in some ways I really enjoyed the story. But when it finished I did walk away thinking where was that going? I don't know it just didn't click with me at all. The cast where very good, the staging was good, I don't know it just didn't click with me at all.

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Fantastic play - I laughed from start to finish. Florian Zeller has hit the mark yet again with his brand new play. How someon... More

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Fantastic play - I laughed from start to finish. Florian Zeller has hit the mark yet again with his brand new play. How someone can write something as tear-jerking as 'The Father' and then as funny as 'The Truth' means they are truly great at what they do! The acting in this production was great and the audience were in stitches at some of the scenarios. I recommend this production highly!

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Wickedly funny. A very cleverly layered farce - are they telling a lie to force someone to tell the truth, or are they telling the... More

GailBishop 5'6", 64 reviews, 16 helpful votes

Wickedly funny. A very cleverly layered farce - are they telling a lie to force someone to tell the truth, or are they telling the truth to force someone to tell a lie?

GailBishop 5'6", 64 reviews, 16 helpful votes

The show was entertaining with sly humour and strong performances. The story was unpredictable with intriguing plot twists.

Funthing29 5"1, 163 reviews, 12 helpful votes

The show was entertaining with sly humour and strong performances. The story was unpredictable with intriguing plot twists.

Funthing29 5"1, 163 reviews, 12 helpful votes

Very funny. Laughs throughout. Best laugh we've had in ages.

battlin 18 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Very funny. Laughs throughout. Best laugh we've had in ages.

battlin 18 reviews, 1 helpful vote

joeledwards 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

joeledwards 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

byong15 170cm, 64 reviews, 3 helpful votes

byong15 170cm, 64 reviews, 3 helpful votes

livb 5'6, 194 reviews, 44 helpful votes

livb 5'6, 194 reviews, 44 helpful votes