Set in 1939, fascism is rapidly spreading across Europe, Franco is marching on Barcelona and two German chemists are in the midst of discovering the processes of atomic fission. In Berkeley, California, theoretical physicists begin to recognise the horrendous potential of this potent science, which is easily able to spread catastrophic damage across the world. Soon, J. Robert Oppenheimer finds himself perfectly placed to spearhead the largest scientific undertaking in human history. Thrust into a position of power, Oppenheimer races to create a weapon so radical and devastating that it could bring an end to all wars.
John Heffernan (The Hothouse) stars as J. Robert Oppenheimer, transferring with the production from the Swan Theatre, along with the entire original cast, which includes Hedydd Dylan as Jackie Oppenheimer and Michael Grady-Hall as Frank Oppenheimer. Further cast members include Ben Allen, Ross Armstrong, Daniel Boyd, Vincent Carmichael, Laura Cubbit, Sandy Foster, William Gaminara, Bradley Hall, Jack Holden, Oliver Johnstone, Andrew Langtree, Tom McCall, Thomasin Rand, Catherine Steadman and Toby Webster.
Written by Morton-Smith (Salt Meets Wound, In Doggerland), Oppenheimer is directed by Angus Jackson, with design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting design by Paul Anderson, music by Grant Olding, sound by Christopher Shutt and movement from Scott Ambler. Transferring to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited season beginning March 27th, don’t miss out on this highly acclaimed, thrilling new play.
Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Age recommendation: Recommended for 12+
Special notice: Those who missed Oppenheimer’s original run in Stratford-upon-Avon now have the opportunity to watch the drama on a West End stage. Fans of history, specifically World War Two, will find this drama hugely interesting, as it documents the “father of the atomic bomb”. Oppenheimer is not aimed at young children.