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THE DEEP BLUE SEA at the National

September 24, 2016

Terence Rattigan’s THE DEEP BLUE SEA at the National is very heavy in a completely cathartic sense. I really like Terence Rattigan’s work and this play is amongst his very best. Helen McCrory transcends the melodrama and creates a real sense of the tragedy of her situation. I thought Tom Burke was particularly good. I did feel a deep sense of empathy with these characters which has only increased over time. Quite haunting.

It is a production at the National and therefore no expense has been spared on a huge set which worked in the sense of creating a landscape for all of the characters in the play. However I felt that some of the intensity of the drama was lost in space. I can imagine a more enclosed simple single room set in a more intimate space serving this play more effectively.

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