A fitting tribute to one of our finest actresses.
The National Theatre has marked the untimely death of the actress, Helen McCrory, by adding The Deep Blue Sea, the last play in which she appeared at the National Theatre, to its National Theatre at Home streaming service. First presented in 2016, this hit production of Terence Rattigan’s post-war masterpiece features McCrory as Hester Collyer alongside Tom Burke as Freddie Page. It has been described as one of the greatest female roles in 20th century drama, which is a fitting tribute to one of our finest and best loved actresses.
Carrie Cracknell, who directed Helen in The Deep Blue Sea, said: “Helen was undoubtedly one of the greatest actors of her generation. Incandescent, playful, fierce and wildly intelligent. Her craft and precision as an actor was awe-inspiring. On some afternoons, while Helen was rehearsing The Deep Blue Sea at the NT, the sun would pour through the windows, and it would feel for a moment that time had stopped. That the world had stopped revolving, as the entire cast and crew would stand, quietly enraptured by the humanity and aliveness and complexity of Helen’s work. As we moved the production into the auditorium, I would marvel at how she held an audience of 900 people in the palm of her hand. She could change how we felt with the slightest glance, a flick of the wrist, a sultry pause, yet somehow she never lost the central truth of her character. I couldn’t be prouder that we have this beautiful recording of our production to share.
‘Helen was anarchic, naughty and always full of outrageous stories. She would turn up to work in her pyjamas and crocs one day, then stilettos the next, and yet she was deeply serious about the things that she cared about. Her greatest pleasure was to slip away from rehearsals at the end of the day and get home to be with her beloved family. She was fierce, and kind, and properly brave, both in how she chose to live and how she faced up to her illness. A truly remarkable woman and a shattering loss.”
This National Theatre at Home streaming service provides worldwide digital access to many of their most critically acclaimed productions. It builds on the success of the streaming service created by the National Theatre during lockdown, which attracted over 15 million views worldwide.
The platform is available to watch online and on smart TV, tablet and mobile apps. Viewers can choose a monthly fee of £9.98 or annual subscription of £99.98 to access the full catalogue and exclusive backstage content. Alternatively, they can rent single plays for a 72-hour window, with prices ranging from £5.99-£7.99. National Theatre at Home is available for streaming online through any web browser and in Apple (iOS / tvOS), Google (Android / Android TV), Roku TV and Amazon Fire TV.
National Theatre at Home is available now at ntathome.com