The West End production was produced by Robert Fox.
A harrowing tale of a man's developing blindness following the onset of diabetes. Essentially a love story, the show charts the developing relationship of the central character with a blind woman as he himself goes blind. The show ran for an hour and twenty minutes without an interval. Its powerfully moving climax where the two blind lovers cling to each other in the darkening room, vowing their love for each other, regularly sent large numbers of the audience away in tears. Crystal Clear came a couple of years after the highly acclaimed Children of a Lesser God (the American play which focused on deafness) and, coincidentally, the two shows ran simultaneously for a while in adjacent West End theatres.
of its improvised origins and its reliance on the blind actor's
stumbling around a meticulously defined apartment the setting
was of necessity very naturalistic. My principal task was to retain
the sense of claustrophobic intimacy of the Old Red Lion in a
700 seat Edwardian proscenium theatre. The deep green walls of
the set related closely to the predominantly green auditorium,
and the set's cream Victorian style cornice continued the line
of the dress circle to create a completed 'circle'.