In the leafy surroundings of Bletchley Park at the height of the Second World War, a brilliant young mathematician called Alan Turing was working away at a problem. The creation of a machine. A machine that would crack the German Enigma code and win Britain the war.
In the aftermath of victory, Turing arrived in Manchester with an even bigger task in mind – the development of the modern computer. It would be a task he left unfinished, publically humiliated and destroyed by the revelation of his sexuality and prosecution for indecency.
Hugh Whitemore’s classic play intertwines an account of Turing's most heroic hour with the story of his betrayal and neglect by the nation he had helped in its darkest hour.
Robert Hastie, (Artistic Director, Sheffield Theatres) directs BAFTA winning Daniel Rigby (ERIC AND ERNIE) in the first major revival of this play for 30 years.
"I've always been fascinated by the story of Alan Turing. His mind was dazzling and one of the wonderful things about this play is that it allows you to share in the splendour of what he achieved without having to understand the superhuman complexity of the maths. To tell his story in the city where he worked and died is tremendously exciting." Robert Hastie, Director
Part of Manchester Science Festival, Thursday 20 October – Sunday 30 October. Play, create and experiment with your scientific side as Manchester Science Festival brings together a unique blend of art, workshops, performances and big experiences for all ages across Greater Manchester.
FOR THIS PRODUCTION
We are grateful for the support of the following who helped to bring this new adaptation to life.
VENUE: The Theatre
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 28 October - Saturday 19 November 2016
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Monday - Saturday evenings, 7.30pm, Saturday, Sunday and Thursday matinees, 2.30pm, View all times & dates
TICKET PRICES: Standard tickets from £16.50, Half price previews from £5, Banquette tickets £10 View all ticket prices
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RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
DIRECTOR Rob Hastie
DESIGNER Ben Stones
LIGHTING DESIGNER Richard Howell
SOUND DESIGNER Emma Laxton
Join Daniel Rigby, Geraldine Alexander, Phil Cheadle and Dimitri Gripari for our Royal Exchange Members Cast Q&A - Friday 11th November
This lively, informal conversation event brings together a diverse range of panellists including Oxford University mathematician and writer Andrew Hodges, whose 1983 biography of Turing brought together all the aspects of Turing’s life and work and was the basis for Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking The Code.
Saturday 12 November, 12noon
A scientist and mathematician, a war hero and a gay man. In this tour, we'll explore Alan's Manchester, to understand how Alan became a modern martyr.
Wednesday 16th November (after 7.30pm performance)
Before watching BREAKING THE CODE, hear more about Alan Turing's work and his ongoing legacy.
In association with Manchester Science Festival
Saturday 29 October, 5pm
Pre-show, talk based introduction
10 November - 10.30am-12pm
Playreading and Discussion
9 November - 11am-1pm
Talk about the work we stage at the Royal Exchange
17 November, 11am-12.30pm
Getting Started with Playwriting
2 November, 11am-1pm
AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 12 November, 2.30pm
BSL PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 15 November, 7.30pm
CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 10 November, 7.30pm
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