Michael Frayn’s COPENHAGEN to open at Theater Royal Bath ahead of UK tour
Theater Royal Bath Productions and Jonathan Church Theater Productions will present Michael Frayn’s COPENHAGEN, with Philip Arditti, Haydn Gwynne and Malcolm Sinclair which will open at the Theater Royal Bath for three weeks from June 9 before touring Southampton, Malvern, Cambridge and Kingston -Sur-Thames.
Frayn’s award-winning play will be directed by Emma Howlett, under the original direction of Polly Findlay, who was in the midst of rehearsals and set to open production as part of the Theatre’s fall 2020 welcome season. Royal Bath before being forced to postpone amid the second nationwide lockdown. .
In Nazi-occupied Copenhagen in 1941, a clandestine meeting took place between two Nobel Prize-winning physicists, Dane Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, a German. The men were old friends and longtime colleagues, but now found themselves on opposite sides of the divide.
Under the watchful eye of Bohr’s wife, Margrethe, Frayn speculates on the debates that might have taken place; a transformative exchange of ideas that had huge implications for the Nazis and the Allies, and for our world today.
This utterly captivating historical detective story, evoked from a handful of scientific facts, is a daring, fascinating and thought-provoking drama that enjoyed a hugely acclaimed run at the National Theater before being transferred to the West End and Broadway and to win the Tony Award for Best Play in 2000..
Michael Frayn is a journalist and writer, whose diverse line of plays includes Noises Off, Donkey’s Years and Benefactors.
Philip Arditti recently worked with the Globe Ensemble, a strong company of ten performers producing all of Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe Theater in London. He played Oliver in As You Like It and the High Priest Caiaphas in Salome, both for the National Theater. Recent screen credits include Dr. Silva in the psychological thriller series Sanctuary; Dan Brown thriller Inferno, directed by Ron Howard and the BBC series Honor Women. He first rose to prominence for his portrayal of Uday Hussein in the BBC / HBO series House of Saddam.
Haydn Gwynne is one of our most popular stage and film actors. She rose to fame as short story reader Alex in Channel 4’s Drop The Dead Donkey, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA for Light Entertainment Performance, and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role. in Billy’s Broadway production. Elliot the musical. Other notable roles on stage include Margaret Thatcher in Peter Morgan’s The Audienceopposite Helen Mirren and Queen Elizabeth in Sam Mendes’ Richard III at the Old Vic. His many screen credits include Dr Graham’s regular role in Peak Practice and appearances in Midsomer Murders, Silent Witness, Rome, and Death in Paradise.
Malcolm Sinclair is nominated for Olivier for his roles as Eisenhower in Pressure and Major Flack in Privates on Parade. Other credits from a career spanning more than thirty years include regular appearances for the RSC and the National Theater, film roles in Casino Royale and V for Vendetta, and on television in Judge John Deed, Silk and Parade’s. End.