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The Michael Grandage Company presents the UK première of Anna Ziegler’s award-winning play Photograph 51, with Academy award-winning actress Nicole Kidman as Rosalind Franklin.

“The instant I saw the photograph my mouth fell open and my pulse began to race”

Does Rosalind Franklin know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it? Anna Ziegler’s extraordinary play looks at the woman who cracked DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.

Directed by Michael Grandage; Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram

Composer and Sound Designer: Adam Cork

Photograph 51 reviews

21 reviews
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2 Oct 2015

This was superbly done. a subject that could have been dull made entertaining, interesting, thrilling and emotional. I loved it.

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2 Oct 2015

Great in all respects! Beautiful, classy venue for a real piece of theatre. Great play, intelligent, funny, witty, well staged and packed with science and what it really is to be a scientist. Finally, Nicole Kidman, great as the character, fully engaged, taking the role as seriously as the actress of her calibre often does't bother to. But she did! Overall, it was a pleasure and a real theatre that is a rare find even on the Strand!

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1 Oct 2015

I really enjoyed this play. The basic story is well known but it was interestingly told, well acted, cleverly staged and struck an emotional cord in parts. Well worth seeing especially for us as we had in interest in the science anyway.

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30 Sep 2015

It was nice to see Nicole Kidman in the West End. Although in her role she reminded me of a young Maggie Thatcher so I had little empathy for the character. Whilst I understand the overall point of the play it was boring. 90 minutes of technical terms about the double helix. I really couldn't care less. So I thought that the story wasn't engaging. Worthy yes. Long dialogue. Yes. But I looked at my watch 3 times.

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30 Sep 2015

great play and Nicole was very good as the all crew



85-88 St Martins Lane London WC2N 4AU

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95 minutes with no interval.

Good To Know

All appearances are subject to illness and holidays. The appearance of any particular artist cannot be guaranteed.

Access Performances
For booking for access performances, please call: 0844 482 5137
Captioned performances – captioned by Stagetext
Date 24 October at 3 pm
Audio Described Performances – preceded by a touch tour at 2pm
Date 7 November at 3 pm

When Can I Go

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Saturday matinees at 3pm (from 12 September)

Wednesday matinees at 3pm (from 9 September)

Please note there are no performances on 16 & 17 September, and 19 October

Where Do I Go

Noel Coward Theatre.

Transport & Parking

Tubes: Covent Garden, Leicester Sq, Charing Cross, Holborn

Buses: Destination Leicester Sq.14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176

Parking:  Masterpark