DOI: 10.5040/9781350935129.01

Duration: 2:05:42

  • 01 The Deep Blue Sea 1:57:39
  • 02 Interview with director Carrie Cracknell 0:08:03

Age recommendation: 12+ (contains references to suicide)

Recorded through National Theatre Live on 1st September, 2016.

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.

Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Helen McCrory and director Carrie Cracknell reunited following the acclaimed Medea in 2014.

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Mrs Elton: Marion Bailey
Philip Welch: Hubert Burton
Ann Welch: Yolanda Kettle
Hester Collyer: Helen McCrory
Mr Miller: Nick Fletcher
Freddie Page: Tom Burke
Jackie Jackson: Adetomiwa Edun

Director: Carrie Cracknell
Writer: Terence Rattigan
Designer: Tom Scutt
Lighting Designer: Guy Hoare
Music: Stuart Earl
Movement Director: Polly Bennett
Sound Designer: Peter Rice
Fight Director: Kate Waters

From The Deep Blue Sea


National Theatre

Terence Rattigan

ISBN: 9781350935129

Series: National Theatre Collection