About The Deep Blue Sea
A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.
When Hester Collyer (Helen McCrory) 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.
Running time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Suitable for: Ages 12+
Dates available: 9-17 July
The Deep Blue Sea Teaching Resources
The National Theatre has created bespoke The Deep Blue Sea Teaching Resources including an education pack and educational videos that you can use to support the show.
The Deep Blue Sea Education Pack
Download the official The Deep Blue Sea Teaching Resources Education Pack. The teaching resource is suitable for GCSE and A Level students looking to review the production. The pack guides students on the aspects of the show they can use in their reviews, including design elements, performance skills and staging.
The Deep Blue Sea Educational Videos
The National Theatre has produced two educational videos to support the show. Split into two parts, the videos look at the career and works of the play’s writer, Terence Rattigan.
The first film explores French Without Tears, The Winslow Boy and The Browning Version. The second looks at The Deep Blue Sea and Separate Tables.
Helen McCrory on The Deep Blue Sea
In this episode of the National Theatre’s podcast, National Theatre Talks, Helen McCrory reflects on the challenges and rewards of playing Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea.
Use this interview to give your students further depth of the play and Helen McCrory’s role.
How to watch The Deep Blue Sea
The National Theatre’s production of The Deep Blue Sea is no longer available to watch as part of National Theatre At Home. However, schools can still watch the full show through the National Theatre Collection service.
Find out more about the National Theatre’s Educational Offering
As well as the National Theatre Collection, the NT offers a wide range of education packs, educational videos and other resources that you can use for free.
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