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A Day By The Sea at Southwark Playhouse

No, not the British Music Hall Society’s Day By The Sea  but a revival of a play by N.C. Hunter originally staged in 1953 with John Gielgud, Sybil Thorndike and Ralph Richardson in the cast.

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A Day by the Sea is a rueful comedy. A 40-year-old diplomat, obsessed by his work, makes a brief visit to his mother in the family home in Dorset, only to be confronted with not one but two people who cause him to re-think his life.. England in 1953 – the Second World War a recent memory, and clouds of uncertainty hanging over the future, but in Dorset country life is pleasant, or always seemed to be. Were those days on the beach always so sunny? Could the future be as fine?

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