Copenhagen

by  Michael Frayn

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

In 1941, German physicist Werner Heisenberg went to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together they had revolutionized atomic science in the 1920s, but now they were on opposite sides of a world war.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In 1941, German physicist Werner Heisenberg went to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together they had revolutionized atomic science in the 1920s, but now they were on opposite sides of a world war. In this incisive drama by the prominent British playwright which premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London and opened to rave reviews on Broadway (ultimately winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play), the two men meet in a situation fraught with danger in hopes of discovering why we do what we do.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2000 Tony® Award for Best Play

Reviews

"The most invigorating and ingenious play of ideas in many a year. An electrifying work of art. - The New York Times, Read More

"Superb. Dynamic." - The New Yorker, Read More

"Gripping. A brilliant play." - London Guardian, Read More

"The word 'tremendous' is often used but seldom deserved. In this case it is. Copenhagen is an intellectual and theatrical tour de force." - London Times

Keywords

Friendship, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Simple setting. Interior. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 1f
WERNER HEISENBERG - 40s-50s, the German physicist
NIELS BOHR - 40s-50s, Heisenberg's Danish counterpart
MARGRETHE NORLUND BOHR - 40s, Niels's wife, an integral part of his life and work
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

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Authors

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933. He began his career as a reporter for the Guardian and later the Observer. After leaving the Observer he continued to write as a columnist as well as publishing novels and plays for television and stage. His plays for stage include: Copenhagen, After Life, The Two of Us, Alph ...

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Copenhagen opened in London at the Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre on May 28, 1998. This production was moved to the Duchess Theatre, London, where it opened on February 5, 1999. Copenhagen opened in New York City on Broadway at the Royal Theatre on April 11, 2000 under the direction of Michael Blakemore. 

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