What’s Left Unsaid on Chesil Beach

Two newlyweds in the proper and prudish early 1960s are about to lie together for the first time. Both virgins. Both untrained in not only seduction, but also communication. A heap of expectation, but no share of experience between them.

Thus is the setting of On Chesil Beach, adapted from the novel by Ian McEwan and directed by Dominic Cooke. From this untested marriage bed, the two newlyweds, Edward…