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by Michael Frayn

24th - 28th May 2011


In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. They were old friends and close colleagues who had revolutionised atomic physics with their collaboration on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. This crucial work led to the atomic bomb but World War II now placed them on opposite sides. The meeting was fraught with danger and embarrassment and ended in disaster. Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen and what he said to Bohr and his wife Margrethe are questions which have exercised historians ever since. In this play they meet once again to look for the answers and to work out, as they had once worked out the internal functioning of the atom, how we can ever know why we do what we do.

Director: Alison Murray

Production Manager: Rosie Farrow


Margrethe Bohr Jacky Tivers

Werner Heisenberg Robert Dixon

Niels Bohr Tim Farrow


Stage Manager Dawn Cochrane

Set Designer Charlotte Bakewell

Lighting Design Chris Robinson

Sound Design John Murray

Props & Costume Michelene Harris

Lighting and Sound Operation Isi Dixon

Prompt Benoit Ivernel

Front of House Managers Bill Kelly & Andrew Bakewell

Publicity Penny Lewin

Box Office John Banks

Poster and Programme Chris Robinson & Annie Haley

Photography Dawn Cochrane


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