Flare Path

Haymarket, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London

Sir Trevor Nunn directs a new production of Flare Path to celebrate the centenary of the birth of its playwright, Terence Rattigan.

It is 1942. At the Falcon Hotel on the edge of an airfield in Lincolnside, Teddy, a young bomber pilot, is celebrating a reunion with his actress wife Patricia. Events take an unexpected turn with the arrival of Peter, a famous heartthrob film star, and the ordering of an urgent bombing mission over Germany. Soon Patricia finds herself at the centre of a passionate conflict of love and loyalty as unpredictable as the war in the skies.

Based on Rattigan's own experiences as a tail gunner during WW2, Flare Path was first performed at the Apollo theatre in 1942 and was made into a film in 1945. The playwright's other works include The Deep Blue Sea, Cause Celebre, After The Dance and The Browning Version.

Flare Path stars Sienna Miller, who returns to the stage for the first time since As You Like It in 2005. She is best known for her copious screen credits, including Layer Cake, Alfie, Casanova, Factory Girl, Stardust, The Edge Of Love, GI Joe and Yellow. 

Miller is directed in Flare Path by former National Theatre and RSC Artistic Director Nunn, whose vast body of work includes many award-winning plays and musicals in the West End. Recently his work has included A Little Night Music, Birdsong, Gone With The Wind and Inherit The Wind. Flare Path is Nunn's first production in his residency as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company.

For more about Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket read the First Night Feature or Big Interview with Sheridan Smith.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Sienna Miller, Sheridan Smith, James Purefoy, Joe Armstrong, Sarah Crowden, Clive Woods

author: Terence Rattigan

director: Trevor Nunn

producer: Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Tom McKitterick and the Theatre Royal Haymarket company in association with Act Productions Ltd

designer: Stephen Brimson Lewis

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Play
  • Duration: 2h40
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Haymarket, Theatre Royal
Haymarket, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4HT

  • Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus (150m) Leicester Square (500m)
  • Nearest bus: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 40, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176,
  • Nearest train:
  • Parking:

    50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Trafalgar, only 4 minutes away from the theatre.  Meters and 1 disabled parking space in Suffolk Place.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 020 7930 8800
  • Telephones: Public card and credit card telephone up one step from the Stalls bar.
  • Discounts: Discounts available for wheelchair users and their companions.
  • Limited mobility: There is more leg room in boxes A and B (4 steps into each box), or in seats F1, F21, G1 and G18 of the Stalls.
  • Access description: Main entrance up three 15cm steps (staircases have handrails on both sides and are highlighted) through a set of double swing doors. Box Office counter to the right of the entrance. 18 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, 28 steps up to the Royal Circle, and 60+ steps up to the Upper Circle and Gallery, through a separate entrance to the right of the main entrance. 4 steps in to each box.
  • Hearing impaired: Sennheiser infra-red system with 20 headsets.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium but up to 6 can be looked after in the manager’s office.
  • Wheelchairs: No steps to the auditorium through EXIT doors to the left and righthand side of the main entrance – please tell the Box Office in advance and they will be opened for you. 1 space for a wheelchair user at X18. The venue is suitable for scooters. Transfer seating available to any aisle seat for 1 scooter and 4 wheelchairs. The theatre can store 1 scooter and 4 wheelchairs per performance.
  • Toilets: Women’s and men’s are down 11 steps from the foyer and at Royal Circle and Upper Circle level.
  • Disabled toilets: Adapted toilet at Stalls entrance on street level.
  • Bars: 1 licensed bar. Drinks in plastic cups can be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. Stalls bar is 11 steps down from the foyer, Royal Circle bar is 28 steps up from the foyer, and there is another bar at Upper Circle level. No seating.