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Blue Remembered Hills

By Dennis Potter

Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

AE Housman

Following Close the Coalhouse Door, Northern Stage returns with Dennis Potter’s seminal play Blue Remembered Hills.

Seven children play in a world of dappled sunshine one wartime summer until their merriment turns sour. Hilarious games, complex friendships and moral dilemmas lead them headlong into sudden and unexpected tragedy.

Almost 20 years after his death, Dennis Potter’s charming and profound play captures humanity, wicked humour and his fierce intolerance of ordinary cruelty.

the seven strong cast is superb. ***** What's On Stage
[You] leave the theatre with a feeling of complete and utter gratification ***** Public Reviews
a candour so apparently effortless it’s child’s play **** Guardian
I didn’t just enjoy it, I loved it. British Theatre Guide

OPINION

Northern Stage is back, and with a truly wonderful play. This theatre company has brought us brilliant production after brilliant production – Close the Coalhouse Door, Our Friends in the North and Oh What a Lovely War, so don’t miss this one.

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Venue: Main Stage  |  Category: Drama  |  Running Time: : Approx 1 hour 5 minutes with no interval





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