Oppenheimer at the Vaudeville Theatre

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The RSC’s critically acclaimed Oppenheimer at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the RSC’s Oppenheimer transfers to London’s Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited 8 week season from 27 March 2015 until 23 May 2015.

Directed by Angus Jackson with John Heffernan taking the role of Oppenheimer, Tom Morton-Smith’s new play takes us into the heart of the Manhattan Project to reveal the personal cost of making history.

STORY

1939: fascism spreads across Europe, Franco marches on Barcelona and two German chemists discover the processes of atomic fission. In Berkeley, California, theoretical physicists recognise the horrendous potential of this new science: a weapon that draws its power from the very building blocks of the universe. The ambitious and charismatic J Robert Oppenheimer finds himself uniquely placed to spearhead the largest scientific undertaking in all of human history.
Determined to cast off his radical past and struggling with tempestuous relationships with his colleagues, wife and mistress, Oppenheimer finds himself thrust into a position of power, racing to create a weapon so devastating that it would bring about an end not just to the Second World War, but to all war.

CAST

John Heffernan is to reprise the role of Oppenheimer with further casting to be announced.

CREATIVE

Oppenheimer is directed by Angus Jackson with scenic design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Christopher Shutt and choreography by Scott Ambler.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ Guardian ‘Fascinating… Tom morton-smith’s massively impressive play… Outstanding performances’
★★★★★ Daily Telegraph ‘Morton-smith’s play is packed with fascinating nuggets and bristling ideas’
★★★★ Evening Standard ‘Snappy and inventive production from director Angus Jackson’
★★★★ Independent ‘Immaculately acted, an absorbing and gripping evening’
★★★★ Sunday Times ‘John Heffernan is riveting… Catherine Steadman is superb’

Reviews are from RSC’s Stratford Production

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 30 May 2015

Venue Information

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 68, 7A, 91, 139, 176
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Oppenheimer transfers to the West End
Tom Morton-Smith’s new play Oppenheimer transfers into the West End's Vaudeville Theatre [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Oppenheimer at RSC Stratford[/caption] Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the RSC is to capitalise on the early closure of Di and Viv and Rose with a transfer of Oppenheimer into London’s Vaudeville Theatre. Commissioned by the RSC, Morton-Smith’s epic and thrilling new play tells the story of ‘the father of the atomic bomb’ J.Robert Oppenheimer, taking us into the heart of the Manhattan Project and revealing the personal cost of making history. RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, said: "I am so pleased that Tom's wonderful play can be seen by London audiences. The epic nature of the subject and the broad sweep of the narrative is something we have always encouraged in our commissioned new work. This is a direct legacy of Shakespeare, who, of course, was once a 'new writer' himself." Full casting is yet to be confirmed, however John Heffernan will reprise the role of Oppenheimer and it is expected that most of the cast will return for the West End production. The creative team behind Oppenheimer include playwright Tom Morton-Smith, with direction by Angus Jackson, scenic design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Christopher Shutt and choreography by Scott Ambler. Oppenheimer plays for a strictly limited 8 week season from 27 March 2015 until 23 May 2015. STORY 1939: fascism spreads across Europe, Franco marches on Barcelona and two German chemists discover the processes of atomic fission. In Berkeley, California, theoretical physicists recognise the horrendous potential of this new science: a weapon that draws its power from the very building blocks of the universe. The ambitious and charismatic J Robert Oppenheimer finds himself uniquely placed to spearhead the largest scientific undertaking in all of human history. Determined to cast off his radical past and struggling with tempestuous relationships with his colleagues, wife and mistress, Oppenheimer finds himself thrust into a position of power, racing to create a weapon so devastating that it would bring about an end not just to the Second World War, but to all war. [ngg src="galleries" ids="473" display="basic_imagebrowser"]  Oppenheimer at the Vaudeville Theatre

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