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Main House Philip Arditti, Michael Gould, Haydn Gwynne

COPENHAGEN by Michael Frayn

Directed by Polly Findlay
  • 4 - 21 November
COPENHAGEN by Michael Frayn

Event Information

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
No matinee Thursday 5 November
PRESS NIGHT Wednesday 11 November 7pm

Showing from Wed 4 — Sat 21 Nov

“Frayn’s tremendous play is a piece of history, a psychological investigation and an intellectual thriller” Sunday Times 

Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning COPENHAGEN stars one of our most popular stage and screen actors, Haydn Gwynne (Drop The Dead Donkey, Billy Elliot The Musical, Peak Practice)She is joined by Michael Gould, whose extensive stage career has spanned thirty years working with the RSC, National Theatre, The Globe Theatre and the Young Vic, amongst many others, and Philip Arditti (Globe Theatre, National Theatre).

In Nazi-occupied Copenhagen, in 1941, a clandestine encounter is known to have taken place between two Nobel Prize winning physicists, Dane Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, a German. The men were old friends and long-term colleagues, but now found themselves on opposite sides of the divide.

Under the watchful eye of Bohr’s wife, Margrethe, Frayn speculates on the debates which might have taken place; an exchange of transformative ideas which had huge implications for both the Nazis and the Allies, and for our world today.

This totally absorbing historical detective story, conjured from a smattering of scientific facts, is a daring, fascinating and stimulating drama that enjoyed a hugely acclaimed run at the National Theatre before transferring to the West End and Broadway and winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play.

Michael Frayn is a journalist and writer, whose diverse range of plays includes Noises Off, Donkey’s Years and Benefactors.

“The word ‘tremendous’ is often used, but seldom deserved. In this case, it is” Sunday Times

“A remarkable play” Guardian

“Frayn makes ideas zing and sing” Daily Telegraph

Wednesday 4 – Saturday 21 November

All tickets £35 / £25 / £10

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
No matinee Thursday 5 November
PRESS NIGHT Wednesday 11 November 7pm

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

COPENHAGEN by Michael Frayn

Starring Haydn Gwynne, Michael Gould & Philip Arditti

Directed by Polly Findlay

Designer – Alex Eales

Lighting Design – Joshua Carr

Casting – Ginny Schiller CDG

Haydn Gwynne is one of our most popular stage and screen actors. She rose to fame as newsreader Alex in Channel 4’s Drop The Dead Donkey, for which she was nominated the BAFTA for Light Entertainment Performance, and has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot The Musical. Other notable stage roles include Margaret Thatcher in Peter Morgan’s The Audience opposite Helen Mirren, and Queen Elizabeth in Sam Mendes’ Richard III at the Old Vic. Her numerous screen credits include the regular role of Dr Graham in Peak Practice, and appearances in Midsomer Murders, Silent Witness, Rome and Death in Paradise.

Michael Gould’s extensive stage career has spanned thirty years working with the RSC, National Theatre, The Globe Theatre and the Young Vic, amongst many others. His notable roles include Iago in Othello for the RSC, Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Polonius in Hamlet for the Young Vic. His film credits include Rogue One and the BAFTA and Academy Award nominated wartime drama, The Darkest Hour.

Philip Arditti has recently worked with the Globe Ensemble, a ten strong company of performers producing all of Shakespeare’s History plays at the Globe Theatre in London. He has played Oliver in As You Like It, and the high priest Caiaphas in Salome, both for the National Theatre. Recent screen credits include Dr Silva in the psychological thriller series Sanctuary; Dan Brown thriller Inferno, directed by Ron Howard and BBC series Honourable Women. He first became known for his portrayal of Uday Hussein in the BBC/HBO series House of Saddam.

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Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

Tickets for Main House productions may include a £2 building levy.

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A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies to all bookings.

Standby tickets and standing spaces are currently unavailable

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

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