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    Quietly triumphant
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    [Kidman's] nuanced performance is the stuff of intoxication
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Nicole Kidman stars in Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51, which charts the story of the remarkable scientist Rosalind Franklin as she races to understand the secrets of life. Written out of the history books until now, Franklin’s tale will be appreciated again in this remarkable new production by The Michael Grandage Company.

Academy award-winning actress, Nicole Kidman, returns to the West End for the first time in 15 years to star in Photograph 51, a new play that charts the forgotten achievements of the British scientist Rosalind Franklin.

Franklin was the chemist who oversaw the creation of one of the most groundbreaking photographs in human history. Photograph 51, as it came to be known, was a simplistically beautiful image of DNA that was critical in developing our understanding of human existence. Franklin died tragically young, and as her colleagues collected their Nobel Prizes her story was neglected. Photograph 51 charts this remarkable woman and her race to understand the secrets of life. The play follows the sacrifices made for success, and the sexism that kept Rosalind Franklin out of the history books. Until now.

Kidman is best known for her screen appearances in Moulin Rouge!, Cold Mountain, and her Academy award-winning performance as another British heroine, Virginia Woolf, in The Hours. The actress wowed audiences with her 1998 West End debut in The Blue Room; critics unanimously agreeing that “she is not just a star; she genuinely delivers the goods” (The Guardian).

Kidman states that it is “a privilege to be returning to London”, and looks forward to working with frequent collaborator and director, Michael Grandage. The two have previously worked together on the movie Genius (initial release 2015). The Michael Grandage Company achieved great success on the West End in 2013/14 with their star-studded season featuring A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Sorry this show closed 21 November 2015, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
21 Nov 2015 - 21 Nov 2015
Running time:
1 hour and 40 minutes.
Noel Coward Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
Audience Notes:
Fans of Nicole Kidman will relish this rare opportunity to see the actress on stage rather than screen. If you liked The Imitation Game (2014) and enjoy the excitement and wonder of scientific discovery translated onto stage or screen, Photograph 51 is not to be missed.

Latest Audience Reviews

A fantastic play about the wonderful Rosalind Franklin, who we thank so much to. It was touching... More

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YM Top 200 reviewer 23 Jul 2017

This show was exceptional. The staging and scenery where so simple but so intricately designed th... More

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fifilou Top 200 reviewer 19 Mar 2017
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gmr Top 100 reviewer 10 Jul 2017
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emilykirsten Top 50 reviewer 01 Aug 2017

A brilliantly written new play that opened my eyes to the life of a woman that I knew very little... More

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emilykirsten Top 50 reviewer 25 Apr 2017

Stunning show starring Nicole Kidman with beautiful acting and a wonderful stage set

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gmr Top 100 reviewer 27 Jun 2017
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