The Deep Blue Sea

Marta Dusseldorp is back at STC in Terence Rattigan’s exquisite mid-century drama about loss, longing and having the courage to want more.

Roslyn Packer Theatre

The Play

★★★★★ "Marta Dusseldorp is mesmerizing" 2CH
★★★★ "A revolutionary classic" Time Out
★★★★ "Marta Dusseldorp is rivetingly magnificent" Stage Noise

 

THE DEEP BLUE SEA

 

By Terence Rattigan
Directed by Paige Rattray

 

Beneath the surface of desire

 

It’s 1952 in post-Blitz London and Hester Collyer’s life is in turmoil. She has gambled everything – her home, her status, her marriage to a High Court judge – to pursue a life with the dashing RAF fighter pilot Freddie, and she has lost. Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, the deep blue sea suddenly looks very inviting. But Hester is determined to forge her own path in a repressive age.

 

Terence Rattigan was one of the great stage and screen writers of the twentieth century and The Deep Blue Sea one of his master works. In Hester, he has created one of the most striking heroines of his era: strong-willed, unconventional and complex.

 

After an almost decade-long absence from the STC stage, Marta Dusseldorp returns as Hester. She’s joined by Fayssal Bazzi (Mary Stuart) as the feckless Freddie, iconic performer Paul Capsis, Matt Day, Vanessa Downing (How to Rule the World), Charlie Garber (The Real Thing), Contessa Treffone (The Harp in the South) and Brandon McClelland (Saint Joan).

 

Helmed by Associate Director Paige Rattray, The Deep Blue Sea is a beautiful, humanist drama about loss, longing, and having the courage to want more.

 

"To live without hope can mean to live without despair." Dr Miller

 

Approx. duration 2hrs 30mins (including interval). Subject to change. More info.

 

Content Suicide, adult themes and use of herbal cigarettes. Subject to change. More info.

If you or someone you know needs information or support, these organisations are there to help. Beyond BlueLifeline and Headspace

 

TICKET INFORMATION

 

2020 Ticket Packages - book more and save
Season Ticket of 6+ plays saves you at least 20% on full price single tickets, with loads of flexibility and exclusive benefits through the year. Or book a Mini Package of 3 – 5 plays. More info

 

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $88
Adult A Reserve $82
Seniors cardholder $74
Concession $65
Under 30 $45
Preview $45

 

Mini Package prices
Fri & Sat A Reserve $99
Adult A Reserve $92.70
Seniors cardholder $83.70
Concession $73.80
Under 30 $48
Preview $48

 

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $103
B Reserve $93
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $50

 

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $110
B Reserve $100

 

Preview performances
All tickets $50

 

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

 

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Roslyn Packer Theatre. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.

 

 

DATES

 

Previews 4 - 7 Feb 2020
Season 10 Feb - 7 Mar 2020

 

Performance start times
Preview performances 7.30pm
In-season evening performances Mon & Tue 6.30pm; Wed – Sat 7.30pm
Matinee performances Wed 1pm; Sat 1.30pm
Schools performance 11.30am

 

Approx. duration 2hrs 30mins (including interval). Subject to change. More info.

TICKET INFORMATION

 

2020 Ticket Packages - book more and save
Season Ticket of 6+ plays saves you at least 20% on full price single tickets, with loads of flexibility and exclusive benefits through the year. Or book a Mini Package of 3 – 5 plays. More info

 

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $88
Adult A Reserve $82
Seniors cardholder $74
Concession $65
Under 30 $45
Preview $45

 

Mini Package prices
Fri & Sat A Reserve $99
Adult A Reserve $92.70
Seniors cardholder $83.70
Concession $73.80
Under 30 $48
Preview $48

 

Single tickets (Mon – Thu performances)
Adult A Reserve $103
B Reserve $93
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $50

 

Single tickets (Fri & Sat performances)
A Reserve $110
B Reserve $100

 

Preview performances
All tickets $50

 

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

 

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Roslyn Packer Theatre. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.

 

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

 

Concession, seniors and under 30 tickets
Suitable and valid identification must be provided for collection of tickets and at the venue, such as your concession or proof of age card. Alternatively, you may email a copy of your identification to [email protected]. Please quote your booking reference number.

 

Access requirements
For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to book your seats.

 

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

 

Captioned performance
Tue 25 Feb 6.30pm
Fri 6 Mar 7.30pm

 

Audio described performance
Fri 28 Feb 7.30pm

 

Auslan interpreted performance
Thu 5 Mar 7.30pm

 

SCHOOLS SHOW

 

Wed 12 Feb 11.30am

 

Browse our full Education program

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM

 

Paige Rattray

Director

 

David Fleischer

Designer

 

Nick Schlieper

Lighting Designer

 

James Brown 

Composer & Sound Designer

 

Kenneth Moraleda

Assistant Director

 

Nigel Poulton

Movement and Fight Director

 

CAST

 

Fayssal Bazzi

Freddie Page

 

Paul Capsis

Mr Miller

 

Matt Day

William Collyer

 

Vanessa Downing

Mrs Elton

 

Marta Dusseldorp

Hester Collyer

 

Charlie Garber

Jackie Jackson

 

Brandon McClelland

Philip Welch

 

Contessa Treffone

Ann Welch

 

Marketing image Rene Vaile
Production photos Daniel Boud

 

This listing is updated as cast and creatives are confirmed in the lead-up to the production, and if there are any changes to the team. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information about each play by opting in to our enewsletter.

INSIGHT EVENTS


We offer a range of free and ticketed events designed to give you further insight into our plays. Find out more about our Insight Events.


Pre-season Briefing
Tue 28 Jan 6.45pm
Richard Wherrett Studio
FREE, but bookings are essential as capacity is limited.
Book tickets

Night with the Artists
Mon 17 Feb post-show
Mon 24 Feb post-show


Matinee Club
Wed 26 Feb 12pm



★★★★ "Marta Dusseldorp... delivers an extraordinarily rich portrait of a woman whose world is falling apart" Time Out Sydney

 

★★★★ "Marta Dusseldorp is quietly, rivetingly magnificent... The Deep Blue Sea deserves its classic status" Stage Noise

 

★★★★★ "Marta Dusseldorp is mesmerizing and doesn’t miss a beat." 2CH 

 

"Marta Dusseldorp gives a thrilling performance in the lead role, endlessly inventive, and courageous with each of her artistic choices. It is a spellbinding depiction of female suffering, powerful in its authenticity." Suzy Goes See

 

 

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