Operation Epsilon - Casting: Nathaniel Parker & Jamie Bogyo

Operation Epsilon cast announced including Nathaniel Parker & Jamie Bogyo

Producers of the forthcoming revival of Alan Brody’s play Operation Epsilon have revealed casting for the show, including Olivier Award winner Nathaniel Parker and Aspects of Love and Moulin Rouge star Jamie Bogyo.

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

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.

Operation Epsilon - London Casting 2023

Directed by Andy Sandberg and produced by Ellen Berman, Operation Epsilon is the true story of Germany’s ten foremost nuclear scientists who were rounded up and held captive in England by the British and American forces toward the end of World War II, as the Manhattan Project forged ahead in America.

The show is inspired by actual transcripts that were secretly recorded and then held classified for many decades, and explores the ethical complexity of scientific discovery, and its potential for catastrophic consequences.

The creative team for the show also includes Set Designer Janie Howland; Costume Designer Beth Colley; Lighting Designer Clancy Flynn; and Sound Designer Chris Drohan; with Original Music by Dewey Dellay; and Casting by Lucy Casson CDG.

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Nicholas Armfield plays Dr. Horst Korsching. His theatre credits include The Misandrist (Arcola Theatre), Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company), Imperium Parts I and II RSC/West End), Pilgrims (Orange Tree Theatre), A Rabbit Climbed a Ladder to the Moon (The Place), and Artist Descending a Staircase (King’s Head Theatre). His television work includes Doctors; and for film, Phaedra.

Jamie Bogyo plays Professor Carl Friederich Von Weizsäcker. He most recently starred as Alex in Aspects of Love (Lyric Theatre) and originated the role of Christian in the West End production of Moulin Rouge (Piccadilly Theatre). Additional theatre credits include The Travels (New York Musical Theatre Festival), and Dust Can’t Kill Me (New York Fringe Festival).

Simon Bubb plays Major T.H. Rittner. His theatre credits include War Horse (National Theatre; West End), Saint Joan, The Habit of Art and People (National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, King John (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Philanthropist (Donmar Warehouse), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Frost/Nixon (Sheffield Crucible), Hay Fever (Royal Exchange Theatre), and Far From The Madding Crowd (The Watermill Theatre). His television work includes W1A, Ghosts, Unforgotten, Silent Witness, Human, Grantchester, The Madame Blanc Mysteries, Father Brown, Life, Four Lives, The Rook, Flack, and Obsession; and for film, Possum, Nosepicker and Waiting for Dawn.

Simon Chandler plays Professor Max Von Laue. His theatre credits include Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer and Porfiry Semyonovich Glagolyev (Hampstead Theatre), Cock, The Stepmother and For Service Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre), Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre/Garrick Theatre/St Ann’s Warehouse, New York), The Letter of Last Resort (Traverse), Cause Célèbre (The Old Vic), Women, Power and Politics Season (Tricycle Theatre), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Democracy (West End), King Lear (RSC), The Power of the Dog, The Double Dealer (Orange Tree Theatre), Invisible Friends (National Theatre), Man of the Moment (Shakespeare’s Globe), George and Margaret (Cambridge Theatre), Hamlet (Royal Court Theatre),and Romeo and Juliet, Charley’s Aunt, /Importance of Being (Young Vic). His television credits include House of the Dragon, The Diplomat, The Gold, Silent Witness, Doc Martin, Revisited, Call the Midwife, Confessional, Foyle’s War, Gentleman’s Relish, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Judge John Deed, Just William, Land Girls, Middlemarch, Mr Selfridge, My Family, Silent Witness, Silk, Teachers, The Bletchley Circle, The Crown, The Singing Detective, The Thick of It, The Voysey Inheritance, The Wimbledon Poisoner, Vera, and Wallander; and for film, Victor/Victoria, A Bridge Too Far, The Bounty, Incognito, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Milk, Vera Drake, Perfume, Penelope, War Hero, Fast Girls, Mr Turner, The Corrupted, 55 Steps, The Theory of Everything, The Iron Lady and The King’s Speech.

Matthew Duckett plays Dr. Erich Bagge. He most recently co-starred as Crutchie in the UK première production of Disney’s Newsies. His theatre credits include Richard III and All´s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company), Tartuffe (National Theatre), and My Left/Right Foot – The Musical (National Theatre Scotland). His television work includes Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Confession.

Jake Mann plays Dr. Karl Wirtz. His theatre work includes Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II (RSC), King Lear (Duke of York’s Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe), and Seagull Cinema (Theatre503). His television credits include Gold, Smothered, Britannia, Ripper Street, Young Doctor’s Notebook and Quick Cuts; and for film, American Assassin, Hunter Killer, and Benjamin Britten: Peace & Conflict.

Nathaniel Parker plays Professor Otto Hahn. Parker is best known for playing the detective Thomas Lynley in the television series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. His theatre credits include The Mirror and the Light (Gielgud Theatre); An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre); This House (Chichester/West End); The Audience (Gielgud Theatre); Speed the Plow (West End), and Wolf Hall (RSC – Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Tony Award nomination). Television credits include Bleak House, Hotel Babylon, Land Girls, Merlin, Grantchester, and History of a Pleasure Seeker; and for film, The Last Duel, Swimming with Men, Swords and Sceptres, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Perfect Host, and St. Trinian’s.

Peter Prentice plays Professor Paul Harteck. His theatre credits include Bodies (Southwark Playhouse), The Best Man (West End), My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Afterlife, Les Parents Terribles, Sweeney Todd (National Theatre), The Magic Flute (Donmar Warehouse), The Sound of Music, Enjoy (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and Aspects of Love (Wolsey Theatre). His television work includes The Capture, Silent Witness, Close to the Enemy, and Berkeley Square; and for film, How to Get Ahead, Outside, Jake the Exorcist and The Magic Key.

Leighton Pugh plays Professor Walter Gerlach. His theatre work includes The Lehman Trilogy (UK tour), Rocket to the Moon, A Woman Killed with Kindness (National Theatre), The Birthday Party (Harold Pinter Theatre), and There (Royal Court Theatre). His television credits include 50 Ways to Kill Your Lover, Grandpa in My Pocket and Fingersmith.

Simon Rhodes plays Dr. Kurt Diebner. His theatre credits include Posh (UK Tour), No Man’s Land (Wyndham’s Theatre and UK Tour), Cornelius (Finborough Theatre/ 59E59 Theater, New York), Dear Brutus (Southwark Playhouse), Just To Get Married and Laburnum Grove (Finborough Theatre), Billy Chickens is a Psychopath Superstar (Theatre503 at the Latitude Festival), Accomplice (Menier Chocolate Factory), Blue On Blue and Trolls (Theatre503), Peace, The Bacchae, The Persians (various amphitheatres, Cyprus), The Plebeians Rehearse The Uprising (Arcola Theatre), and Julius Caesar (Barbican). His film credits include The World We Knew, The Sky in Bloom and Screwed.

Gyuri Sarossy plays Professor Werner Heisenberg. His theatre credits include Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer (Hampstead Theatre), Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (Orange Tree Theatre), Wendy and Peter (Lyceum Edinburgh), Chinglish (Park Theatre), The Seven Acts of Mercy, The Rover, Two Noble Kinsmen and Romeo and Juliet (RSC), Creditors (Young Vic), The Absence of War, The Seagull (Headlong), Tonight at 8:30 (Nuffield/ETT), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Cheek by Jowl), Earthquakes in London, Luther (National Theatre), As You Like It (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Liverpool Everyman/Chichester Festival Theatre), The Hypochondriac (Almeida Theatre), Macbeth, Coriolanus (Tobacco Factory/Barbican), Rope (The Watermill Theatre), Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse), Man and Superman, Don Juan, Galileo’s Daughter (Peter Hall Company), and The Promise (Tricycle Theatre). His television credits include FBI International, The Outlaws, Father Brown, Press, The Coroner, Foyle’s War, Einstein and Eddington, Tchaikovsky, The Bill, Egypt, Casualty, Judge John Deed, Eastenders, Doctors, Blue Dove, Up Rising and Belfry Witches; and for film, Mercenaries, Another Life and Until Death.

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