Harriet Walter will star in a major new revival of Terence Rattigan's modern classic about obsessive love, The Deep Blue Sea. The Theatre Royal Bath production opens in Bath on 16 September 2003 before continuing on tour to six more venues until the end of October, with further dates expected.

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 (Walter). Foundering in the closing stages of a hopeless love affair, Hester, the daughter of a clergyman and wife of a judge, has abandoned her steady husband and life of affluence for a blind passion. But Freddie Page, 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.

Walter's many London stage credits include Dinner, Much Ado About Nothing, The Royal Family, Life x 3 and, earlier this year at Hampstead Theatre, US and Them; while on screen, she's been seen in Onegin, Sense and Sensibility, The Governess, Keep the Aspidistra Flying and Hard Times. She's joined in The Deep Blue Sea by an accomplished cast including Roger Lloyd Pack, Una Stubbs and Neil Stacy.

The production is directed by Thea Sharrock and presented by Martin Roddy, for Big Dog Productions, with the Theatre Royal. Following Bath, it continues to Richmond, Cambridge, Pool, Woking and Brighton, with other dates to be confirmed.

- by Terri Paddock