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The Deep Blue Sea - NICK HERN EDITION

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Terence Rattigan

Published by Nick Hern Books

Large Mixed Cast
Rattigan's devastating masterpiece is a classic study of forbidden love, suppressed desire and the fear of loneliness

But at its heart it's a deeply moving love story ...

A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952

Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt

The story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge

And with it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion

Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing

First performed in 1952, The Deep Blue Sea was revived at the UK's National Theatre in 2016, in an acclaimed production directed by Carrie Cracknell and starring Helen McCrory as Hester.

CAST
M8,F6

REVIEWS

★★★★★ "All these years later, [Rattigan's play] still fascinates" ~ The Times

★★★★★ " An extraordinary re-reading of [Rattigan's] best play a revelatory revision of a classic; a feminist reading that proves Rattigan was miles and miles ahead of his time' ~ Whatsonstage

★★★★ "A powerful portrait of emotional turmoil" ~ The Guardian

★★★★ " ... intoxicating, bringing new shades of complexity to [Rattigan's] famous, much-revived work' ~ The Telegraph

★★★★ "Rattigan's play has lost none of its power to eviscerate [a] restrained but still deeply moving" ~ The Stage

★★★★ " ... a devastating portrait of a woman adrift on love's ocean, desperately afraid of loneliness and blighted by the social conventions of the early Fifties" ~ Evening Standard

"Few dramatists have written with more understanding of the human heart" ~ Michael Billington

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