Tom Morton-Smith’s new play Oppenheimer transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre
The RSC announced today that Tom Morton-Smith’s new play Oppenheimer will transfer into the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End in March for a limited run of eight weeks after its acclaimed run in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. The critically acclaimed play will retain most of the original cast, led by John Heffernan in the title role. The production will begin previews from 27 March, with a press performance on 31st March.
Commissioned by the RSC, Morton-Smith’s epic and thrilling new play tells the story of ‘the father of the atomic bomb’ 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.”
Oppenheimer is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins. The lighting is designed by Paul Anderson with music by Grant Olding. Sound is by Christopher Shutt and choreography is by Scott Ambler.
Running time2hrs 35min + interval. Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm
Performance dates27 March 2015 to 23 May 2015
Suitable for 12+ although not a fixed age limit
Reviews / Features
Review: Oppenheimer Doesn't Have A Weak Link
Following a critically acclaimed run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford earlier in the year, the RSC’s triumphantly rendered production of Tom Morton-Smith’s ambitious story of J Robert Oppenheimer — known as the father of the atomic bomb — gets a deserved West End transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre.
3 Apr, 2015 | By Tony Peters