THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Cinema Nouveau is excited to announce the next two broadcasts from National Theatre Live, which will be screened at its cinemas during October. Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea releases on Saturday, 15 October for limited screenings, with a landmark of 20th century musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens, on the big screen from 29 October.

The acclaimed National Theatre production of Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea was filmed for broadcast to cinemas around the world from the National’s Lyttelton Theatre, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with production design by Tom Scutt, lighting by Guy Hoare, music by Stuart Earl, sound by Peter Rice and movement direction by Polly Bennett.

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 Freddie Page (Tom Burke), 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.

The full cast is Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer, James Alper, Marion Bailey, Katy Brittain, Tom Burke (Freddie Page), Hubert Burton, Adetomiwa Edun, Elsie Fallon, Nick Figgis, Nick Fletcher, Yolanda Kettle, Andrew Lewis and Peter Sullivan.

Terence Rattigan was one of the most influential playwrights of the mid-20th century. His plays included The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, Separate Tables, Flare Path and After the Dance, which was produced at the NT in 2011 (Olivier award for best revival). He is still the only playwright who has had two straight plays run for over a thousand performances in London’s West End simultaneously.

Helen McCrory and Carrie Cracknell reunite following the acclaimed Medea in 2014. Helen McCrory’s other theatre work includes: The Last of the Haussmans, Blood Wedding and The Seagull for the NT; The Late Middle Classes, Old Times, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya (Donmar Warehouse) and As You Like It (West End). Her extensive film and television work includes Skyfall, Hugo, Leaving, A Little Chaos, Peaky Blinders, Penny Dreadful, The Queen, Harry Potter, Street Life (RTS and Monte Carlo Best Actress Awards), Anna Karenina, The Jury and North Square (Critics’ Circle Award).

The Deep Blue Sea releases on South African screens from Saturday, 15 October 2016, for four screenings only: on 15, 19 and 20 October at 19:30 and on 16 October at 14:30 at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. The running time of this production is two hours 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.