Sacred flame of love

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The Sacred Flame by W Somerset Maugham is a taut, elegant play that explores the boundaries of honour, forgiveness, and “the Sacred Flame” of love. English Touring Theatre’s production of this classic murder mystery with a twist is part of a UK tour.

World War One hero Maurice Tabret is disabled after a flying accident, tended lovingly by his mother, his beautiful wife Stella, and the devoted Nurse Wayland.

When he dies from an overdose during the night, and it is revealed that Stella is in love with Maurice’s brother Colin and is expecting a baby, questions begin to be raised as to whether it was murder or suicide.

W. Somerset Maugham’s many works include the celebrated plays The Circle, The Letter and The Constant Wife, the novels Of Human Bondage, and The Razor’s Edge, and film adaptations including Rain and The Painted Veil.

Directed by Matthew Dunster (Mogadishu Royal Exchange, Manchester; Love The Sinner, National Theatre & Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare’s Globe), design is by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Lee Curran and sound by Emma Laxton.

Tickets £12 - £25 are available from or 0844 871 7650 (Booking fee applies).


Oct 30 - Nov 3, 7.30pm

(Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm)