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    Quietly triumphant
    The Independent
    [Kidman's] nuanced performance is the stuff of intoxication
    The Daily Telegraph

Photograph 51 tickets

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.

Performance dates: 21 Nov 2015 - 21 Nov 2015

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes with no interval

Age recommendation:

Special notice: 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.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The Noel Coward Theatre has a deep horseshoe shape – so be aware that sight-lines of the whole stage are obscured on the end of rows in the higher sections.

Latest audience reviews

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

YM Top 200 reviewer23 Jul 2017

A fantastic play about the wonderful Rosalind Franklin, who we thank so much to. It was touching to see her story on stage and to learn about this often overlooked historic figure. Nicole Kidman portrayed her brilliantly.

YM Top 200 reviewer23 Jul 2017

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

fifilou Top 100 reviewer19 Mar 2017

This show was exceptional. The staging and scenery where so simple but so intricately designed that they held there own in a production with some big performances. I loved that this story had the perfect balance of emotion and people balanced with Science which in parts was very technical and detailed. It was just simply awe inspiring to see an entire cast of incredible performers bring to life a subject matter often void in modern theatre. A Brilliant Production

fifilou Top 100 reviewer19 Mar 2017
gmr Top 100 reviewer10 Jul 2017
emilykirsten Top 50 reviewer01 Aug 2017

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

emilykirsten Top 50 reviewer25 Apr 2017

A brilliantly written new play that opened my eyes to the life of a woman that I knew very little about. A fantastic cast with a stand-out performance from Nicole Kidman.

emilykirsten Top 50 reviewer25 Apr 2017

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

gmr Top 100 reviewer27 Jun 2017
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