A Surreal Complexity: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a dense, and bizarre play. It centres around the reflection on the truth of a past conversation between two old friends, and major players in the nuclear science of World War II, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Set between ‘heaven and an atom’, it explores the complexities of truth in narrative, reality in […]

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20 years on: Arcadia still breaking all the rules

Theatre and theoretical physics are not usually considered the most natural of companions. The canon consists of Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s rather macabre production The Physicists, and… actually, that’s about it. Enter Tom Stoppard. Arcadia, set in both 1809 and 1993, is superficially a comic drama. There’s dancing, hunting, adultery, at least one elopement, […]

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