A new play by Michael Frayn and directed by Michael Blakemore (who won a Tony for his work), "Copenhagen" is also the Outer Critics Award-winner for Best New Broadway Play and the winner of two Drama Desk Awards. John Lahr of The New Yorker called the play "Superb. A dynamic evening," while Ben Brantly of The New York Times raved, "The most invigorating and ingenious play of ideas in many a year. An electrifying work of art."
Copenhagen is inspired by actual events that have intrigued and baffled historians for more than 50 years -- a 1941 meeting between two brilliant physicists, longtime friends whose work together had opened the way to the atom, but who were now on opposite sides of World War II. German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a covert trip at great risk to see his Danish counterpart Niels Bohr and his wife Margarethe in Copenhagen, but the meeting ended in disaster. Why did Heisenberg go to Denmark, and what did the two men say to each other? What happened at this pivotal meeting that was a defining moment of the modern nuclear age?
- 'Write the same thing over and over' Michael Frayn tells Claire Armitstead the secret of literary success
- "Meeting of the Minds" KC News article
- A Meeting of Great Minds A scholarly playwright and a masterful director take on one of the great mysteries--and two of the greatest minds of the Second World War
- About the Author An introduction to Michael Frayn
- About the Characters An introduction to physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg
- About the Subject Complementarity, Uncertainty and the Atomic Bomb
- Author's Note Michael Frayn on Copenhagen
- History of the Time Period The War, the Bomb and the Scientists
- Synopsis of Copenhagen
- Copenhagen on Broadway Visit the official web site
- About Theater at the Kennedy Center
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