RSC Nuclear drama, Oppenheimer, in West End transfer

Oppenheimer. Photos by Keith Pattison.
Oppenheimer. Photo Keith Pattison.

Tom Morton-Smith’s new play, Oppenheimer, about the Father of the A-Bomb, transfers into London’s Vaudeville Theatre this spring.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed drama (read Stage Review’s verdict will play for a limited run of eight weeks from March 27. It will retain most of the original cast, led by John Heffernan in the title role.

Commissioned by the RSC, Morton-Smith’s epic and thrilling new play tells the story of 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.

“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.”

Nimax chief executive Nica Burns said: “Having sat transfixed at the Swan, I am delighted that the Vaudeville season will give this utterly gripping new play a further life and new audiences the opportunity to see it. Epic theatre on an intimate scale”.

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