The Deep Blue Sea
From 1 September, 2016
International: From 6 October, 2016

The Deep Blue Sea

by Terence Rattigan

Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece.

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Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also features in Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed new production.

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.

This production is a stand-out.

The Times

Interview with Helen McCrory 

'I never wanted people to find me sexy.’ Helen McCrory talks to the Daily Telegraph about playing one of theatre's greatest female roles. Read full article

Helen McCrory blazes.


Achingly good. Helen McCrory delivers one of the performances of the year.

Evening Standard

Blog: Five of the best... love triangles

It’s a sad fact of romantic mathematics that two doesn’t go into three. Nobody knows that better than Sir William Collyer, his wife Hester and her lover Freddie, three of the lead characters in Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea. Read more

Cast, in order of appearance: Marion Bailey, Hubert Burton, Yolanda Kettle, Helen McCrory, Nick Fletcher, Peter Sullivan, Tom Burke, Adetomiwa Edun

Director: Carrie Cracknell; Designer: Tom Scutt; Lighting Designer: Guy Hoare; Music: Stuart Earl; Movement Director: Polly Bennett; Sound Designer: Peter Rice; Fight Director: Kate Waters; Company Voice Work: Charmian Hoare; Staff Director: Rosemary McKenna

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