Watch: National Theatre at Home – The Deep Blue Sea
- Arusa Qureshi
- 3 July 2020
This week's NT Live selection is Carrie Cracknell's acclaimed production of Terence Rattigan's play
The National Theatre at Home series continues this week with the broadcast of The Deep Blue Sea, Carrie Cracknell's critically acclaimed production of Terence Rattigan's 1952 stage play.
Taking place over the course of one day in a flat in post-war Britain, the play follows Hester Collyer, who is discovered by her neighbours after a failed suicide attempt. As the story of the breakdown of her marriage to her barrister husband and her tempestuous affair with former RAF pilot Freddie come to light, we see a portrait of someone struggling with loneliness and depression. The play follows Hester to the end of the day as her life continues to unravel, where she sits on a knife-edge between deciding to live or leaving the world behind.
This NT production features Helen McCrory (Medea, Peaky Blinders) as Hester and Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) as Freddie.
Watch The Deep Blue Sea from 7pm on Thursday 9 July for one week.
With theatres around the UK and beyond remaining closed as lockdown continues, companies and venues are doing their bit to keep audiences at home connected and entertained as best as possible. London's National Theatre announced their National Theatre at Home programme last month, giving audiences the weekly opportunity to enjoy world-class theatre while the venue is closed. And with huge numbers tuning in every week, the initiative has been a great success. So far, we've been treated to streams of One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Cordon, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein starring Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch, Antony & Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, Inua Williams' Barber Shop Chronicles, the Young Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson, James Graham's This House, Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston, Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III, Small Island, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and most recently, Les Blancs.