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The Deep Blue Sea this Sunday at Palace Cineplex

Published:Friday | November 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Helen McCory (right) stars as Lady Hester Collyer and Peter Sullivan as her husband in 'The Deep Blue Sea'.
Tom Burke (left) and Helen McCory as Lady Hester Collyer are illicit lovers in 'The Deep Blue Sea'.

This production is a stand-out.

- The Times

Helen McCrory blazes.

- Guardian

Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece The Deep Blue Sea is centred around one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama.

Olivier Award nominee Helen McCrory and director Carrie Cracknell reunite for this play, following the acclaimed Medea, which screened at Palace Cineplex in 2014.

It's a sad fact of romantic mathematics that two doesn't go into three. Nobody knows that better than Sir William Collyer, his wife, Hester, and her lover, Freddie, three of the lead characters in Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea.

Set in 1952 at a flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London, Lady Hester Collyer, the main character (played by McCory), is found during the opening scene by her neighbours in the aftermath of her failed suicide attempt.

The story of her turbulent affair with a former Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot who is an alcoholic 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.

English actress, Helen McCrory, is well-known to theatre and cinema goers for playing strong women in her roles as Medea in the play of the same name and Cherie Blair in both The Queen and The Special Relationship. She also portrayed Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films, Mama Jeanne in Martin Scorsese's family mystery film Hugo and Clair Dowar in Sam Mendes' Skyfall.

Also starring in Deep Blue Sea are Tom Burke (The Musketeers, War and Peace) as Hester's lover and Peter Sullivan (The Borgias) as her husband. The production team includes Tom Scutt (designer), Guy Hoare (lighting designer, music) Stuart Earl (sound designer), Peter Rice (movement director), Polly Bennett and fight director Kate Waters.

The National Theatre's production of The Deep Blue Sea, recorded live and made available to cinemas around th world, can be seen at Palace Cineplex this Sunday, November 13. NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking initiative to broadcast theatre live from the stage to cinemas around the world. Each performance is captured and broadcast live (or 'as live', depending on location) via satellite to more than 2,000 venues in more than 40 countries.

Tickets are on sale at the box office, Palace Cineplex, and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card or any major credit card.