The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

by: Terence Rattigan

by: Terence Rattigan

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The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

by: Terence Rattigan

by: Terence Rattigan

Overview

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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Authors

Terence Rattigan

(1911–1977) Born in London on the 10th June 1911, Terence Rattigan was educated at Harrow (Scholar) from 1925 to 1930 and Trinity College, Oxford (History Scholarship) BA to 1933. He served as a flight Lieutenant in the Central Command, RAF from 1940 to 1945. In 1934 he had become a full-time playwright. His many su ...

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