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white deer theatre present

crystal clear

devised by phil young


"You can't see me. You're not seeing me. All you're seeing is my blindness."


Richard – a young man with diabetes – is struggling. As his health and relationship with long-term partner Jane deteriorate, he looks for comfort in the calming company of Thomasina, a poised and enigmatic blind woman. When Richard abruptly loses his own sight, however, his intense but ill-fated connection with the serene Thomasina takes a tragic turn, and the two must confront the question of how their love survives in a world made for the sighted.


Crystal Clear is a raw and humbling examination of sudden loss and our attempts to cope with it. It tells a story of love undone by fear and self-destruction, and exposes our fundamental need for human connection.


Devised by Phil Young, the play first premiered at The Old Red Lion in 1982 before transferring to the Wyndham's Theatre in 1983. Returning to the Old Red Lion 37 years later, White Deer Theatre present a revival in which all performances have been made accessible for visually impaired audience members.




Please find the venue's audio guide HERE

Guide dogs can be accommodated, please email 

Audio description is narrated live by the cast in every performance.

A pre-recorded audio guide will be available to download on this page.

Pre-show touch tours and a dedicated usher are available for every performance (guide dog-sitting and pick-up from station are available upon request - you must let us know by 6.00pm the previous day for 7.30pm shows and by 1.00pm the previous day for 3.00pm shows).

What we can’t provide is:

- Step free access

- Accessible toilets

- Captioned performances

For any access questions, or if you're past the booking time for guide dog-sitting/pick-up from station, please email 




Richard: Gareth Kennerley

Thomasina: Gillian Dean

Jane: Rakhee Sharma



Directed by PJ Stanley

Produced by Pia-Ramona Wojtinnek

Set & Costume Design by Luke W Robson

Lighting Design by Peter Small

Associate Lighting Designer: Charlie Jones

Fight and Intimacy Director: Enric Ortuño

Access Consultant: Amelia Cavallo

Artwork: Lidia Crisafulli & Luke W Robson



Praise for the original production of ‘Crystal Clear’ (1982/1983):


“Undoubtedly the most moving play in London, [...] and one of the most intelligent.” The Sunday Times


“Universally applicable bleakness: a picture of love trying to shut out the dark.” The Observer


“A fierce punch to the solar plexus” The New York Times


“So passionate and so involving, it caught me by the throat” The Telegraph




Suitable for ages: 15+ (contains nudity, mild sexual content, mild violence)

Running time: 100 minutes (including an interval)

Audio description: all performances are audio described live by the cast

Touch tours: offered for all performances at 6.30pm for evening shows, 2.00pm for matinees 

Relaxed performance: Wednesday 7th August, 3.00pm

For any access questions please email




Rapid response scratch performance: Saturday 3rd August, 5.00pm

Post-show panel “Access and representation in theatre: successes and remaining challenges”: Tuesday 6th August, 9.15pm - FREE to ticket holders

Further post-show panel to be announced



Tuesday 23rd July - Saturday 17th August 2019
Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
Wednesday 7th & Wednesday 14th August matinees 3.00pm 
Saturday matinees 3.00pm
Sunday 4th & Sunday 11th August matinees 3.00pm


TICKETS £17.50 (£15.50 CONCESSIONS & access)

For further ticket information please click here or call 0333 012 4963 for all booking enquiries. 


The Box Office will open 30 minutes before the performance for cash / card sales and collection of pre-booked tickets.

Latecomers will not be admitted.

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