Operation Epsilon - Southwark Playhouse

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Southwark Playhouse Elephant, London
Booking to 21 October 2023
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★★★★ “Smart and incisive” – The Stage

Operation Epsilon is the gripping, award-winning play by Alan Brody set against the backdrop of World War 2 and the dawn of the atomic age.

Based on actual transcripts of secretly recorded conversations, this once-classified true story, buried in the archives amidst an epic war, is a poignant and thrilling exploration of the ties that bind us to our actions, our decisions, and one another.

Celebrating 10 years since the play premiered in America, this UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse Elephant is filled with explosive possibilities, and shines a light on the ethical complexity of scientific discovery… and its potential for catastrophic consequences.

Directed by Andy Sandberg, an exceptional cast of 11 bring this compelling story to life including Jamie Bogyo (Aspects of Love, Moulin Rouge! The Musical) and Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries).

Operation Epsilon is playing at Southwark Playhouse Elephant in London from 15 September to 21 October 2023.

What's the story of Operation Epsilon?

It’s the close of World War II – the dawn of the atomic age.

The Allies have captured Germany’s ten foremost nuclear scientists and sequestered them deep in the English countryside to ascertain the answer to a life or death question: how close are the Nazis to making an atomic bomb? The world stands on the precipice of creation and destruction, bound by the gravity of decisions which hold the power to change the course of history.

Who is in the cast of Operation Epsilon?

The cast includes Nicholas Armfield (The Misandrist) as Horst Korsching, Jamie Bogyo (Moulin Rouge! The Musical) as Carl Friederich von Weizsäcker, Simon Bubb (War Horse) as Major T.H. Rittner, Simon Chandler (Red Velvet) as Max von Laue, Matthew Duckett (Disney’s Newsies) as Erich Bagge, Jake Mann (King Lear) as Karl Wirtz, Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) as Otto Hahn, Peter Prentice (My Fair Lady) as Paul Harteck, Leighton Pugh (The Lehman Trilogy) as Walter Gerlach, Simon Rhodes (Posh) as Kurt Diebner, and Gyuri Sarossy (Measure for Measure) as Werner Heisenberg.

Who are the creative team of Operation Epsilon?

Written by Alan Brody and directed by Andy Sandberg.

Set design by Janie Howland, Costume design and association set design by Beth Colley, Lighting design by Clancy Flynn, Sound design by Chris Drohan, Casting by Lucy Casson, General management by David Adkin Limited, Produced by Ellen Berman and Operation Epsilon Limited.

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Reviews of Operation Epsilon

★★★★ "Egos and ethics clash in this compelling UK premiere" - The Stage

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 21 October 2023
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Running time
Approx. 110 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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Venue Information

Southwark Playhouse Elephant, Dante Place, 80 Newington Butts, London, SE11 4FL
Nearest Tube or Train: Elephant & Castle
Nearest Buses: 196, 133, 155, 333, 415

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