A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.
When Hester Collyer (Helen McCrory) is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.
Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.
This production is a stand-out. Helen McCrory is fantastic. Carrie Cracknell directs with total assurance
Stunning. Exquisitely sad. Beautifully judged.
Helen McCrory blazes
Achingly good. Helen McCrory delivers one of the performances of the year