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The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

By Terence Rattigan
Introduction by Dan Rebellato
Series: The Rattigan Collection
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854594235, 128 pages, November 1999


Written in the early fifties when Rattigan was at the height of his powers, The Deep Blue Sea is a powerful account of lives blighted by love—or the lack of it.

The play opens with the failed suicide of Hester Collyer (Peggy Ashcroft in the first production), who has deserted her husband for the raffish charms of an ex-fighter pilot.

This edition includes an authoritative introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.

"Few dramatists of this century have written with more understanding of the human heart than Terence Rattigan."Michael Billington

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"Probably his greatest play... Ibsenesque." —Financial Times

"Masterly... a perennially moving play." —Guardian

"Excellent... particularly moving... interlaced with moments of humour and black comedy." —WhatsOnStage