Photograph 51, Starring Nicole Kidman, Opens in London Tonight

News   Photograph 51, Starring Nicole Kidman, Opens in London Tonight
Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, seen in 2010 at Off-Broadway's Ensemble Studio Theater, receives its London premiere in a new production that stars Nicole Kidman, officially opening Sept. 14 at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre (following previews that began Sept. 5). It is booking through Nov. 21.

Kidman, who returns to the London stage for the first time since starring in The Blue Room at the Donmar Warehouse (that subsequently transferred to Broadway), is joined by Stephen Campbell Moore (as Maurice Wilkins), Edward Bennett (as Francis Crick), Will Attenborough (James Watson), Patrick Kennedy (Don Caspar) and Joshua Silver (Ray Gosling).

Directed by Michael Grandage for his own troupe, the Michael Grandage Company, the play reunites Kidman and Grandage following their recent collaboration on the forthcoming feature film "Genius."

Nicole Kidman in <i>Photograph 51</i>
Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 Photo by Johan Persson

Kidman plays Rosalind Franklin. Does she know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life, it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it? The play looks at the woman who cracked DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.

Moore's previous West End appearances include Chimerica (transferred from the Almeida), Clybourne Park (transferred form the Royal Court), All My Sons (Apollo) and The History Boys (original cast at National Theatre that subsequently transferred to Broadway). He has also appeared for the RSC in Much Ado About Nothing and Anthony and Cleopatra.

Bennett has appeared with the RSC in Love's Labour's Lost, Love's Labour's Won and Hamlet and for the National in One Man, Two Guvnors, with other stage credits at Bath Theatre Royal and the Orange Tree and with Frantic Assembly. Attenborough starred in Another Country (at Chichester's Minerva Theatre and subsequently the West End's Trafalgar Studios).

Kennedy has appeared at the Royal Court, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Hampstead Theatre, Sheffield 's Lyceum and Bristol Old Vic, amongst others.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5141, or visit for more details.

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