Photograph 51 at Noel Coward Theatre tickets
Photograph 51 at Noel Coward Theatre tickets

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About the show

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 featuringA Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Recommended for

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.

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Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes with no interval
Opened: 05 Sep 2015
Press night: 14 Sep 2015
Booking from: 21 Nov 2015
Booking until: 21 Nov 2015

Location and map

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
London, WC2N 4AU

16 Reviews Add review

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... More

YM 168, 134 reviews, 6 helpful votes

This show was exceptional. The staging and scenery where so simple but so intricately designed that they held there own in a production... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 helpful votes

gmr 180, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

emilykirsten 5’3, 265 reviews, 4 helpful votes

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... More

emilykirsten 5’3, 265 reviews, 4 helpful votes

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

gmr 180, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

It wasn't particularly memorable. I went because I wanted to see how Nicole Kidman would perform on stage. The whole production was... More

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 2 helpful votes

thenewpsies 5"8, 55 reviews, 1 helpful vote

It was an incredible staging along with the acting. Loved to see it. And of course Nicole Kidman was fabulous.

sergioAraujo 192 reviews, 2 helpful votes