Flare Path is the epic wartime romance by celebrated playwright Terence Rattigan.
“I was very moved by this play. It is a masterpiece”
Based on Rattigan’s experiences as a tail gunner during World War II, Flare Path paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the RAF bomber crews, their wives and sweethearts, who were left awaiting their return.
Set in 1942 against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, Flare Path tells the story of former actress Patricia, the wife of RAF pilot Teddy, as their marriage is tested to the limits by the surprise arrival of Patricia’s ex‐lover and Hollywood idol Peter Kyle.
An unexpected and dangerous mission over Germany puts Patricia at the centre of an emotional conflict as unpredictable as the war in the skies.
Combining highly charged drama with a truly authentic taste of the fear, camaraderie and passion experienced by the men and women who fought to save their country their families and each other.
With heart tugging, human emotion, Flare Path opens an unforgettable window into a pivotal moment in our history.
Recently seen in London’s West End, this brand new production will be directed by rising star Justin Audibert (RSC, Young Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse). This major revival comes from the producers behind the hit touring production of Birdsong.
There’s no mistaking Rattigan’s talent for depicting repressed emotion and tragicomic acts of concealment.
“It is precisely that embarrassed English emotional hesitancy that makes this play so overwhelmingly moving.”
Running time : 2hrs 40mins
Age: 12yrs + includes adult language