The Deep Blue Sea
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The Deep Blue Sea

by Terence Rattigan

A National Theatre production

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At a time when many theatre fans around the world aren’t able to visit National Theatre Live venues or local theatres, we’re excited to introduce National Theatre at Home.

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Watch The Deep Blue Sea from Thursday 9 July at 7pm UK time until 16 July at 7pm.  
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It’s 1952, in West London.

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. 

Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed production of Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece features Helen McCrory (Medea, Peaky Blinders) and Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers).  


This production is a stand-out.

The Times

Helen McCrory blazes.


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

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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