"A blast"
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-The Financial Times-

-Evening Standard-

Sorry, Oppenheimer closed on 23 May 2015

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About the show

Commissioned by the RSC this new play by Tom Morton-Smith tells the story of ‘the father of the atomic bomb’ J. Robert Oppenheimer. Set in during World War II the play delves into the story of the Manhattan project where the first nuclear weapons were developed.

This fast paced drama takes the audience from 1939 and the early days of the Manhattan Project to the dropping of Little Boy on Hiroshima in 1945. Rather than pass judgement on the man the play presents him as a flawed human being conducting affairs and struggling between his communist past and his new role working for the government.

The play explores the moral issues around Nuclear physics. Presented as a tragic hero Oppenheimer realises that on ending the Second World War he has also unleashed a horrific weapon the likes of which the world has never seen.

Angus Jackson directs a cast of 20. Most of the original cast will reprise their roles including John Heffernan as Oppenheimer.

Tom Morton-Smith is a former writer in residence at Paines Plough he has written a number of plays including In Doggerland (Theatre 503) and Everyday Maps for Everyday Use (Finborough).

The show features a design by Robert Innes Hopkins.

This production transfers directly from a critically acclaimed sell out run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to the West End’s Vaudeville theatre. This comes after the announcement that the Hampstead Theatre’s Di and Viv and Rose would close early on the 14th of March.

Oppenhiemer opened on the 27th of March and will play a strictly limited 8 week run until thee 23rd of May.

Who Should See It?

Fans of historical War drama’s will appreciate this outstanding RSC production. If you enjoyed recent films The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything then this is the play for you.

Playing at

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre seating plan

Booking period

27th Mar 2015

22nd Jan 2021

23rd May 2015

Running time

2 hours 35 minutes


Recommended for 12+