West End transfer for RSC's Oppenheimer - Vaudeville

The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Oppenheimer, a new play by Tom Morton-Smith, transfers to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre, opening on 31 March 2015, following previews from 27 March - booking for a limited eight week run to 23 May 2015.

The cast includes John Heffernan, who will be reprising his role as J Robert Oppenheimer following the production's run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The play is directed by Angus Jackson with scenic design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Christopher Shutt and choreography by Scott Ambler.

Synopsis: "1939: J Robert Oppenheimer finds himself uniquely placed to spearhead the largest scientific undertaking in all of human history. Determined to cast off his radical past and struggling with tempestuous relationships with his colleagues, wife and mistress, Oppenheimer finds himself thrust into a position of power, racing to create a weapon so devastating that it would bring about an end not just to the Second World War, but to all war."

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."

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