The Sea (play)

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The Sea is a 1973 comedy by Edward Bond. It is a comedy set in a small seaside village in rural East Anglia during the Edwardian period[1] and draws from some of the themes of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Plot summary[edit]

Set in 1907, the play begins with a tempestuous storm in which a well-known and loved member of the community drowns and explores the reactions of the villagers and the attempts by two young lovers to break away from the constraints of the hierarchical, and sometimes irrational, society.

At the same time, the town's draper struggles with abuse and bullying from the town's "First Lady", Mrs. Rafi. Believing that aliens from another planet have arrived to invade the city, he had refused to help the drowning man's friend's attempts to save him and eventually goes stark raving mad.

Production history[edit]

The play was originally produced at the Royal Court Theatre on 22 May 1973, directed by William Gaskill and produced in Britain by the Theatre Company in Helmsley. In 2008, Jonathan Kent produced the play at the Haymarket.[2]

In 2007, The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) produced the play Off-Broadway in New York.[3]


  1. ^ Flatt, Molly (2008-01-25). "Edward Bond: an old-fashioned visionary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  2. ^ Spencer, Charles. "The Sea: classic English eccentricity". Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  3. ^ "TACT Will Stage Home and The Sea in First Season With New Mission — Fully Staged Productions | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-04-08.