Nancy Carroll is magnificent. A timeless study of the human heart.Guardian
This is Rattigan and Chichester at the top of their games.Evening Standard
Director Paul Foster gives a production of intense, heart-piercing directness.WhatsOnStage
1951. In a shabby Ladbroke Grove flat, Hester Collyer’s neighbours find her unconscious; she has taken an overdose in front of the gas fire. Their only option is to notify her husband – a pillar of the establishment.
But Hester left her husband the previous year to embark upon a passionate love affair with dashing ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page. What has happened in her life to make her want to end it? And can she bring herself to go on living?
This searing play takes place over the course of one day, in one room, and offers a devastating examination of the adverse forces of love and solitude. Rattigan based the play in part on the tragic outcome of his own clandestine love affair and created one of the twentieth century’s finest leading roles for a woman.
Paul Foster’s recent directing credits include A Little Night Music at the Watermill and Kiss Me, Kate at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.
Nancy Carroll received the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress for Rattigan’s After the Dance at the National Theatre; her recent work includes The Moderate Soprano (West End) and Closer (Donmar Warehouse).
Hadley Fraser last appeared at Chichester in The Pajama Game (2013); his recent stage credits include Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse). Gerald Kyd appeared at Chichester in The Meeting (2018); his National Theatre work includes Three Winters.
Purchase a digital copy of the programme
Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. This programme includes a piece written by Dan Rebellato about the rise and fall and rise of Terrence Rattigan and a piece about the social context of the period in which The Deep Blue Sea was written by Dominic Sandbrook. In addition it includes rehearsal photography, biographies, events and news from the Theatre.
Prologue tickets available from 2 March