BREAKING THE CODE

  • By Hugh Whitemore. Directed by Rob Hastie.
  • 28 October 2016 - 19 November 2016
  • The Theatre
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Can machines think? Is it possible to build a machine that thinks for itself?

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.

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  • Event Information
  • 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
    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 / online  How to book
    RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)

  • Creative Team
  • DIRECTOR Rob Hastie
    DESIGNER Ben Stones
    LIGHTING DESIGNER Richard Howell
    SOUND DESIGNER Emma Laxton

  • Related Events
  • MEMBERS' CAST Q&A

    Join Daniel Rigby, Geraldine Alexander, Phil Cheadle and Dimitri Gripari for our Royal Exchange Members Cast Q&A - Friday 11th November
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    RIGHTING THE WRONGS: The Legacy of Alan Turing

    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
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    WALKING TOURS - ALAN TURING'S MANCHESTER

    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.
    3-19 November
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    AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION

    Wednesday 16th November (after 7.30pm performance)

    TALKING THE CODE

    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
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    INTRODUCING...

    Pre-show, talk based introduction
    10 November - 10.30am-12pm
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    BETWEEN THE LINES

    Playreading and Discussion
    9 November - 11am-1pm
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    THEATRE CAFÉ

    Talk about the work we stage at the Royal Exchange
    17 November, 11am-12.30pm

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    WORDPLAY

    Getting Started with Playwriting
    2 November, 11am-1pm
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  • Accessible Performances
  • AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 12 November, 2.30pm

    BSL PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 15 November, 7.30pm

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 10 November, 7.30pm

    Click here for more information about our accessible performances

    AUDIO FLYER:

  • Alan Turing

    Daniel Rigby

    Mick Ross

    Phil Cheadle

    Christopher Morgan & Nikos

    Dimitri Gripari

    Sara Turing

    Geraldine Alexander

    Ron Miller

    Harry Egan

    John Smith

    Mark Oosterveen

    Dillwyn Knox

    Raad Rawi

    Pat Green

    Natalie Dew

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