Flare Path: Rattigan’s play arrives in Buxton

Terence Rattigan’s evocative portrait of life during The Second World War comes to Derbyshire this year as part of a major national tour.

Flare Path paints a portrait of life in wartime Britain for RAF bomber crews and their wives and sweethearts, who were left awaiting their return.

Set in 1942, against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, writer Rattigan drew inspiration from his own experiences as an RAF tail gunner.

It tells the story of former actress Patricia and her husband, pilot Teddy, who are celebrating a reunion at a Lincolnshire hotel.

Their marriage is tested to the limits by the unexpected arrival of Patricia’s former lover and Hollywood move 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.

The play combines 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 a window into a pivotal moment in British history.

Flare Path originally opened at the Apollo Theatre in 1942, quickly becoming a huge hit. During its 18-month run it entertained everyone including the Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Following its run on the West End, the play opened in Broadway with Sir Alec Guinness playing the role of Teddy.

This major revival over 70 years later will be directed by rising star Justin Audibert with Lynden Edwards as Peter, Hedydd Dylan as Patricia and Daniel Fraser as Teddy.

It is produced by The Original Theatre Company which brought the highly acclaimed Birdsong to the county in 2015.

n Flare Path will be at Buxton Opera House from February 10-13 at 7.30pm with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. To buy tickets visit http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

It will be at Derby Theatre from April 19-23. For tickets visit http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk