Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
Main House, Theatre Royal
Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning COPENHAGEN stars one of our most popular stage and screen actors, Haydn Gwynne (Drop The Dead Donkey, Billy Elliot The Musical, Peak Practice). She is joined by Michael Gould, whose extensive stage career has spanned thirty years working with the RSC, National Theatre, The Globe Theatre and the Young Vic, amongst many others, and Philip Arditti (Globe Theatre, National Theatre).
In Nazi-occupied Copenhagen, in 1941, a clandestine encounter is known to have taken place between two Nobel Prize winning physicists, Dane Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, a German. The men were old friends and long-term colleagues, but now found themselves on opposite sides of the divide.
Under the watchful eye of Bohr’s wife, Margrethe, Frayn speculates on the debates which might have taken place; an exchange of transformative ideas which had huge implications for both the Nazis and the Allies, and for our world today.
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This totally absorbing historical detective story, conjured from a smattering of scientific facts, is a daring, fascinating and stimulating drama that enjoyed a hugely acclaimed run at the National Theatre before transferring to the West End and Broadway and winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play.