The Deep Blue Sea
Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama.
Helen McCrory and director Carrie Cracknell reunite following the acclaimed Medea in 2014.
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A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.
When 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. 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.
National Theatre Live
The Deep Blue Sea will be broadcast live to cinemas on Thu 1 September, 2016. Find out more.
Talks and events
Helen McCrory on The Deep Blue Sea, Fri 2 Sep, 3pm
In Depth: Rattigan Returns, Thu 15 Sep, 10.30am