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The Sacred Flame

By W. Somerset Maugham

‘...keeps the audience on tenterhooks.’ The Guardian
‘intelligent, funny and engaging.’ Exeunt
‘detailed and truthful...’ What's On Stage

A tense and graceful exploration of love, devotion and family.

What happened on the night the young Great War hero, Maurice Tabret, died at home in his bed?  His doctor says he died from natural causes, but his nurse points a finger of suspicion at his beautiful wife, Stella…

Putting a twist on the classic murder mystery, this part thriller, part love story is by the enduringly popular playwright and novelist, W. Somerset Maugham, whose brilliance is discovered afresh in this vivid new production.


Rose Theatre, Kingston

13 - 22 Sep 2012

Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

26 - 29 Sep 2012

Oxford Playhouse

2 - 6 Oct 2012

The New Wolsey, Ipswich

9 - 13 Oct 2012

Liverpool Playhouse

16 - 20 Oct 2012

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

23 - 27 Oct 2012

Theatre Royal Brighton

30 Oct - 3 Nov 2012

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

13 - 17 Nov 2012

Cambridge Arts Theatre

20 - 24 Nov 2012

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team


W. Somerset Maugham


Matthew Dunster


Anna Fleischle

Lighting Designer

Lee Curran

Sound Designer

Emma Laxton

Assistant Director

Tess Seddon

Casting Director

Jerry Knight-Smith CDG


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Nurse Wayland

Sarah Churm
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Maurice Tabret

Jamie De Courcey
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Major Liconda

Robert Demeger
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Katrina Innes
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Mrs Tabret

Margot Leicester
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Dr Harvester

Al Nedjari
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Colin Tabret

David Ricardo-Pearce

Stella Tabret

Beatriz Romilly