Eileen Atkins and David Haig in sublime battle through April 19
A curious blend of Charlotte Bronte, Oscar Wilde and M. Night Shyamalan, Edward Bond’s eccentric play “The Sea” brings together drawing-room comedy and alien conspiracies in a storm-laden English setting in 1907.
In the second production of Jonathan Kent’s new artistic season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, it’s a combustible mix that would implode if not for the wonderful acting on display.
Bond is known for such earthy and provocative 1960s plays as “Saved” and “Early Morning,” but “Sea,” first produced in 1973, is more ambitious. It aims at worldly insights and cosmic truths but succeeds only in providing an excellent cast with some incongruous but very entertaining characters to play.