Inclusive Dates: 1997 - 1998
Roundabout staged Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea at the Criterion Center, Stage Right. Previews began February 28, with opening night on March 26, and closing on May 10, 1998. Critics tended to find the production's themes dated but Linda Winer at Newsday wrote "[d]ated mores are not automatic deal-breakers in the theater, where many an antique finds someone to watch over it happily for a few entertaining hours" (Winer, March 27, 1998)
Directed by Mark Lamos with sets by John Arnone, costumes by Jane Greenwood, and lighting by Robert Wierzel.
Blythe Danner played the role of Hester Collyer, Sandra Shipley played the role of Mrs. Elton, Ben Shenkman played the role of Philip Welch, Vivienne Benesch played the role of Ann Welch, Olek Krupa played the role of Mr. Miller, Edward Herrmann played the role of Sir William Collyer, David Conrad played the role of Freddie Page and Rick Holmes played the role of Jackie Jackson. Understudies: Jennifer Harmon, Doug Stender, Bryan Umiker and Kate Hampton.
Terence Rattigan was a British playwright born in 1911. His plays dealt with circumstances and problems of a primarily upper middle class, with works in the 1940s (The Winslow Boy, 1946, and The Browning Version, 1948) and 1950s (The Deep Blue Sea, 1954) receiving popular and critical attention.
Rattigan's writing style and themes touched a chord with audiences, resonating through depictions of people's lives and circumstances. Rattigan's work began to be criticized in the late 1950s after British playwrighting turned toward post-war, political and social realism, proving his work to feel out-dated and old-fashioned. Unforgiving and unappreciative of the social scene in London in the 1960s, Rattigan moved to Bermuda where he died in 1977.
Collection consists of two standard Hollinger boxes containing the production documentation, including contact sheets, author's agreement, performance reports, scripts, opening night, and education research. Lacking are comprehensive artistic materials providing in-depth visuals, including costume and set renderings and plans, and directorial notes or planning materials. Oversize and special format mediums are housed separately.
Box 1 contains one copy of playbill.
Photograph file consists of select black and white prints, contact sheets from opening night, and select black and white head shots.
Digital file consists of scanned playbill, scans of photographs, artwork, b-roll video, and scanned study guide.
Access Restrictions: Open and available for research by appointment only.
Preferred Citation: The Deep Blue Sea, 1998, Roundabout Theatre Company Archives
Library of Congress Subject Heading Rattigan, TerenceDanner, BlytheHerrmann, Edward, 1943-2014Conrad, DavidHolmes, Rick, 1963-Krupa, OlekBenesch, VivienneShenkman, BenShipley, SandraArnone, JohnGreenwood, JaneWierzel, RobertLamos, MarkRoundabout Theatre CompanyHaimes, Todd
Production box 1 contains artistic management files, including performance reports. set and costume documents, opening night, and correspondence.
Production Box 2 contains scripts, press, and education file.