Greta Scacchi returned to the West End last night (13 May 2008, previews from 29 April) in Edward Hall’s new production of Terence Rattigan's modern classic about obsessive love, The Deep Blue Sea, which has a limited summer season at the Vaudeville Theatre (See News, 27 Mar 2008).

When you're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, the deep blue sea can sometimes look very inviting, according to Hester Collyer (Scacchi). Foundering in the closing stages of a hopeless love affair, Hester, the daughter of a clergyman and wife of a judge (played by Simon Williams), has abandoned her steady husband and life of affluence for a blind passion. But Freddie Page (Dugald Bruce-Lockhart), a handsome but thoughtless ex-RAF fighter pilot, is out of his depth in their relationship, overwhelmed by the strength of a love he is incapable of reciprocating.

Written in 1952 after the success of The Browning Version and The Winslow Boy, The Deep Blue Sea is based on Rattigan's turbulent relationship with a young actor who left him for another lover and subsequently committed suicide.

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Scacchi, Williams and Bruce-Lockhart are joined in the cast by Tim McMullan and Jacqueline Tong. For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand with the company for the post-show party at the Vaudeville Theatre, where other first night guests included Angus Deayton, Issy Van Randwyck, Terry Johnson, Lizzie Roper, Katherine Kingsley, Aden Gillett, Polly Samson and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. The Deep Blue Sea is designed by Francis O’Connor, with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Matt McKenzie. It’s presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions.

-by Terri Paddock