Terence Rattigan: The Deep Blue Sea (2955 words)


Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea opened in London in March 1952 to a mixed critical reception; however, it ran for 513 performances, an exceptional run at the time for a new, serious play, and, by the time of its first television performance in 1954, was acclaimed by the critic Peter Forster as “the best post-war English play”. However, the reactions of some of the original reviewers to the way in which Rattigan handled the theme of post-war adjustment, while making a woman the central protagonist, reveal how venturesome Terence Rattigan had been in this play.

The daily newspapers in which the reviews appeared differed from today’s in one major aspect: in common with many other items, seven …

Citation: Pollard, Wendy. "The Deep Blue Sea". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 July 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=30017, accessed 24 June 2021.]

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