A Day by the Sea

A Day by the Sea

It is a fine day in May, 1953.

A work-obsessed diplomat based in Paris makes a rare visit to his mother, who lives at the beautiful family home in Dorset. He is disconcerted to find an old childhood friend also visiting with her children, her life now blighted by scandal. His mother, heartily sceptical about politicians meddling in foreign affairs, would like him to calm down and get married. A family picnic on the beach might be just the thing but even there a work colleague brings him news he had not expected to hear.

Do we always see the past through rose-tinted spectacles? If, after years dominated by his work, he can discover what really matters in life, can he get it? Can we? A Day by the Sea, hugely popular in its time, asks this very question.

N.C. Hunter the “English Chekhov” was swept aside, along with Coward and Rattigan, by the Angry Young Men in the 1950’s. Coward and Rattigan are now often performed, and Hunter’s humane and intelligent comedies are long overdue for rediscovery.

A Day by the Sea running time: 
2 hours 45 minutes
A Day by the Sea Performance Dates & Times
Available from: 
Tuesday, 24 October, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 28 October, 2017
MatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday3.00pm7.30pm
Wednesday-7.30pm
Thursday-7.30pm
Friday-7.30pm
Saturday3.00pm7.30pm
Sunday--

Southwark Playhouse

Address:
77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest tube:
Elephant & Castle, Borough

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