The last time Nicole Kidman appeared on the West End stage — is it really 17 years ago? — my then-colleague Charles Spencer dubbed her appearance in The Blue Room “pure theatrical viagra”, thanks to a (very, very) brief nude scene in a play that revolved around a series of sexual trysts. Now she returns to town playing the late real-life scientist Rosalind Franklin, who discovered the source... Read more
Cast includes Nicole Kidman Hollywood icon Nicole Kidman returns to the West End in a brand new production by The Michael Grandage Company. The name 'Photograph 51' was given to an x-ray image which revealed the double-helix shape of DNA. It became the crucial starting point for research that identified how DNA was structured. Whilst Rosalind Franklin was the chemist overseeing the original discovery, her work was largely ignored and Ziegler’s play reveals the sexism and hostility that kept her out of the spotlight, and denied her the Nobel Prize. Anna Ziegler's play examines the character of Franklin and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.