The Deep Blue Sea

Written by Terence Rattigan

Thursday 11th July to Saturday 13th July, then Wednesday 17th July to Saturday 20th July 2019

Directed by Andrew Caple

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.

Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

AuthorTerence Rattigan

Terence Rattigan

PlayThe Deep Blue Sea

A run-down tenement flat in North-West London. A single day in 1951. Hester Collyer has left her wealthy husband, a man she can't love the way she wants, to live with an ex-RAF pilot, a man who can't love her the way she needs. Left emotionally stranded, she can't see a way forward and going back is unbearable. She's stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. As the day unravels, some desperate decisions need to be made.

Dont miss this opportunity to see Terence Rattigan's exquisitely crafted masterpiece about the inequality of desire. A portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion which burns with a brutal sense of loss and longing. A deeply moving love story hidden behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility with, at its heart, one of the greatest female roles in 20th century theatre.

The Bench Production

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This play will be staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.


Hester CollyerLeigh Cunningham
Mrs EltonMegan Green
Philip WelchArchie McKeown
Ann WelchPhillippa Thorne
Mr MillerDavid Penrose
William CollyerSimon Walton
Freddie PageBen Tanner
Jackie JacksonAdam Smart


Director Andrew Caple
Producer Sally Hartley
Stage Manager Julie Woods
Assistant Stage Manager
Lighting Design Andrew Caple, Howard Alston
Lighting Operation Alan Ward
Sound Design Jacquie Penrose
Sound Operation Marion Ward
Brochure Artwork Andrew Caple
Handbill Design Dan Finch
Programme Derek Callam
Set Design Pete Woodward
Front of House

Production Photographs