Flare Path

Terence Rattigan’s centenary celebrations continue with Trevor Nunn’s exemplary revival of his 1942 Second World War drama centring on a glamorous actress (Sienna Miller) torn between her former film star lover (James Purefoy) and the boyish RAF officer she married on the rebound.

The stress of young men sent out on mission after potentially fatal bombing mission, the tension of the wives waiting back at base and the stiff upper-lipped austerity of wartime Britain are all truthfully captured.

There’s humour, too, from a Polish count whose eagerness to kill Nazis far exceeds his command of the English language.

Sheridan Smith is particularly affecting as his cheery ex-barmaid spouse, but there’s fine acting all round in this moving study of emotional conflict caught up in the wider context of war.  Go.


Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT
(0845 481 1870)
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Currently booking till 4th June
£17.00 – £50.00

– Louise Kingsley