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The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

Terence Rattigan

ISBN: 9781780011677

Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, a classic study of forbidden love, suppressed desire and the fear of loneliness – but at heart a deeply moving love story.

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Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, a classic study of forbidden love, suppressed desire and the fear of loneliness – but at heart a deeply moving love story.

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.

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

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Terence Rattigan

Terence Rattigan

Sir Terence Rattigan (1911-1977) was a dramatist who wrote some of the most memorable and important plays of the twentieth century. His career as a successful dramatist ran from the opening of his first adult work on the London stage in 1933, First Episode, written with a friend while he was still an undergraduate at Oxford, until his death shortly after the London opening of his last completed ... view full profile

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