Love affair in wartime Britain

Flare Path at Buxton Opera House from February 10 to 13.
Flare Path at Buxton Opera House from February 10 to 13.

An evocative portrait of life during the Second World War lands in Buxton next week.

Terence Rattigan’s ‘Flare Path’ charts what life was like 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 for Flare Path from his own experiences as a tail gunner during the Second World War.

Flare Path tells the story of former actress Patricia and the wife of RAF pilot Teddy, as their marriage is tested to the limits by the surprise arrival of Patricia’s ex-lover and Hollywood 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 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 of the time, Winston Churchill.

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

This major revival over 70 years later is from the producers of the highly acclaimed Birdsong and will be directed by rising star Justin Audibert (RSC, Young Vic).

Flare Path takes place from Wednesday, February 10 to Saturday, February 13 with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced from £14 to £28 and discounts are available. To buy tickets call the box office on 01298 72190 or visit