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Suffolk Street 6-8, London SW1Y 4HT

Flare Path

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Closed June 11, 2011

What the play provides, with Rattigan's characteristic flair for understatement, is a deeply moving portrait of people at war

The Guardian

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Terence Rattigan's Flare Path succeeds in creating the extreme emotional landscape of people in times of war, where relationships are never certainly forever and each farewell might be the last. Written in 1941 and staged in 1942, the play was influenced by his experiences in the RAF as a tail-gunner in WW2 and uses a personal dilemma to explore the group ethos. Set in 1942 in the Lobby of the Falcon Hotel near a Bomber Command airbase on the Lincolnshire coast, actress Patricia has come to meet her boyish Flight Lieutenant husband Teddy. Having married Teddy on a whim, it is her intention to break off their marriage for her ex-lover and Hollywood star, Peter Kyle, whose affections for her are much more sensual than Teddy's trophy admiration for her.


Her resolve softens however when Teddy, finally alone with her, breaks down and she sees that Teddy actually needs her. Patricia finds herself caught in a painful predicament, struggling with extra-marital desires and patriotic duties, and the situation becomes all the more difficult when Peter arrives in the hopes of claiming back the love of his life.

Starring Sienna Miller as Patricia, James Purefoy as Peter and Harry Hadden-Paton as Teddy, the superbly crafted, entertaining and beautifully rich revival of is directed by highly accomplished Trevor Nunn.

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Previews from: 4 March 2011

Opening night: 10 March 2011


Flare Path is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards.

Run time

2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

Cast and Creative


Sienna Miller as Patricia
Sheridan Smith as Doris
James Purefoy as Peter
Joe Armstrong
Sarah Crowden
Clive Woods


Directed by Trevor Nunn
Written by Terence Rattigan

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7 reviews, average rating: (3.9 Stars)

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the daly family went to see flare path last night 5/03/11 and would highly... more

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