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Tom Morton-Smith

Published by Oberon

Large Mixed Cast
Set against the backdrop of hedonistic 1930s America, Oppenheimer explores the tension between scientific advances and the justification of their use during wartime, revealing the personal cost of achieving greatness

The play takes us into the heart of the Manhattan Project and explores the tension between the scientific advances that will shape our understanding of the fabric of the universe

1939 - fascism spreads across Europe

Franco marches on Barcelona

And two German chemists discover the processes of atomic fission

Meanwhile in Berkeley, California, theoretical physicists recognise the horrendous potential of this new science - the atomic bomb

The ambitious and charismatic J Robert Oppenheimer finds himself uniquely placed to spearhead the largest scientific undertaking in human history

Struggling to cast off his radical past and thrust into a position of power and authority, Oppenheimer races to win the "battle of the laboratories" and create a weapon so devastating that it would bring about an end not just to the Second World War but perhaps to all war


Premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company February, 2015

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