Atomic Bomb Is Born in Oppenheimer, Transferring to West End

News   Atomic Bomb Is Born in Oppenheimer, Transferring to West End
Tom Morton-Smith's Oppenheimer, which tells the story of ‘the father of the atomic bomb’ J.Robert Oppenheimer, is to transfer to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre in late March, direct from its recent world premiere run at Stratford-upon-Avon's Swan Theatre.

Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the play takes us into the heart of the World War II-era Manhattan Project and reveals the personal cost of making history. It will begin performances March 27 prior to an official opening March 31, for a run of eight weeks through May 23. Directed by Angus Jackson, it stars John Heffernan in the title role. 

In a press statement, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran commented, "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. Angus Jackson’s original production opened in the Swan Theatre which is not only a showcase for Shakespeare’s contemporaries, but also for today’s writers who have been inspired by him. Tom took up our challenge to think big, and has tackled a complex subject and some extraordinary personalities, and has woven a compelling narrative around them."

The production is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Paul Anderson, music by Grant Olding, sound by Christopher Shutt and choreography by Scott Ambler.

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