Official The Deep Blue Sea with Helen McCrory | Free National Theatre at Home Full Performance

A brutal sense of loss and longing burns. Terence Rattigan’s devastating post-war masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Helen McCrory plays Hester Collyer and Tom Burke is Freddie Page. 

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.  

Helen McCrory and director Carrie Cracknell reunite following the acclaimed Medea in 2014.  

The Deep Blue Sea is streaming from 7pm UK time on Thursday 9 July until 7pm on Thursday 16 July. 
The running time is 2 hours 5 minutes with a very short interval. 

The BBFC rating is 12A, due to depictions of suicide attempts and some strong language. 

The full list of cast and creatives is available here:

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The Deep Blue Sea was filmed live on-stage by National Theatre Live at the National Theatre in 2016.

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