The Silence of the Sea

Vercors, a version by Anthony Weigh

10 January 2013 - 02 February 2013

In a time of conflict, a soldier is billeted to the home of an old man and his niece. Powerless to turn him away, they resist him with silence - a silence that becomes their most potent weapon. This exquisitely constructed human drama examines an excruciating dilemma faced by both the occupier and the occupied. Donmar Associate Artist Anthony Weigh casts new light on Vercors’ testament to the enduring power of the human spirit. Donmar Trafalgar Season is generously supported by United House.

Run time: 1 hour and 30 minutes with no interval

Cast & Creative Team

  • Leo Bill - Read bio

    Leo Bill - Biography

    Leo Bill


    Theatre: includes Posh (Royal Court/Duke of York’s), The Way of the World (Sheffield Theatres), School for Scandal (Barbican), The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic), A Woman Killed with Kindness, Pains of Youth, The Observer, Hothouse, The Reporter (NT), Beautiful Thing (NML Productions/Sound Theatre).
    Film: includes Untitled Mike Leigh Project, A Long Way Down, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alice in Wonderland, Me and Orson Wells, Becoming Jane, The Living and the Dead, Kinky Boots Factory, These Foolish Things, The Fall, Vera Drake, LD50, Two Men Went to War, 28 Days Later, All or Nothing, Gosford Park.
    Television: includes The White Queen, The Borgias, Pramface, Words of Captain Scott, Doctor Who, Home Time, Ashes to Ashes, Lead Balloon, Sense & Sensibility, Jekyll, Bash, A Very Social Secretary, Silent Witness, Messiah, Beethoven’s Eroica, Canterbury Tales – Man of Law, Spooks, Midsomer Murders, Harry Enfield’s Celeb, Surrealismo, Attachments, Crime & Punishment.

  • Simona Bitmaté - Read bio

    Simona Bitmaté - Biography

    Simona Bitmate


    Trained: Central School of Speech & Drama
    Theatre: includes Under a Foreign Sky (Unicorn).
    Television: includes Doctors.

  • Finbar Lynch - Read bio

    Finbar Lynch - Biography

    Finbar Lynch


    For the Donmar: Hecuba, To the Green Fields and Beyond, Fool for Love, Translations.
    Theatre: includes Desire Under the Elms, The Big Fellah (Lyric Hammersmith), The Duchess of Malfi, Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic), Faith Healer (Bristol Old Vic), The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Chichester Festival), The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Three Sisters on Hope Street (Hampstead), Portrait of a Lady, A Doll’s House  Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Peter Hall Company), The Hothouse, Anthony & Cleopatra, King Lear (NT), Ghosts (Gate), The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, Coriolanus, The Alchemist, The Virtuoso, Amphibians, A Woman Killed with Kindness, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC), As You Desire Me (Playhouse), The Birthday Party (Duchess), Othello, Miss Julie (Greenwich), Macbeth (Sheffield Theatres), Messiah (Riverside Studios), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Manchester Royal Exchange), Not About Nightingales (NT/New York), Three Sisters (Royal Court), Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC/New York), Peer Gynt (Gate, Dublin), The Playboy Of The Western World (Abbey, Dublin).
    Opera: includes The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne/Paris/New York).
    Film: includes The Number Station, Mathilde, To Kill a King, King Lear, Scold’s Bride.
    Television: includes Silk, Richard II, Proof, Dalziel and Pascoe, Waking the Dead, Red Cap, Atilla , Second Sight, Mind Games, Holby City, Small World, Between the Lines, George Gently.


  • Simon Evans's spare, brooding, finely shaded production
  • Sunday Telegraph
  • Immaculate performances

    Sunday Times
      The Silence of the Sea
  • Leo Bill is particularly good

    Time Out
  • As good as anything in town

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