Following a sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon, Tom Morton-Smith’s compelling new play Oppenheimer transfers to the West End. 

Staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company and retaining the majority of its critically-acclaimed original cast, Oppenheimer takes a fascinating look at J. Robert Oppenheimer, the ‘father of the atomic bomb’. 

It’s 1939 and fascism is continuing to spread across Europe when two German physicists make a potentially devastating discovery: atomic fission. Spearheaded by the driven Oppenheimer, a group of theoretical physicists in California soon recognise the significance of this discovery and begin their own work on the weapon to end all wars.

Supported by a cast of 20, Morton-Smith’s masterful narrative creates a fast-paced and epic account of the Manhattan Project and the race to build the atomic bomb. This detailed, highly researched yet accessible play beautifully unites the scientific and the human, drawing audiences into the soul of a man for whom the personal cost of scientific advancement was almost unbearably great.

Playing at London’s Vaudeville Theatre from March 2015 for a run of just eight weeks, Oppenheimer tickets are sure sell out fast.

Read The Telegraph 5 stars review of the play here. Read more about Oppenheimer on Wikipedia.

Age recommendation: 12+.

Running time: 2hrs35 (incl. one interval).

Performance times: Monday-Saturday: 19:30; Wednesday and Saturday: 14:00; additional matinée Thursday 9 April: 14:00.



Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes + one interval

Additional Details & FAQ

Cancellation Policy

No refunds available after purchase.

How Does It Work

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If you choose to collect your tickets at the box office you will receive a confirmation email with your booking reference, please print this and bring it with you on the day of the show a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time.

If you choose post - tickets are sent 5 days after purchase.

Suitable For Children

Recommended for ages 12 years and above, although not a fixed age limited

Where Do I Go

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH.

  • By Tube- Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo) Embankment (District, Circle)
  • By Bus- 1, 4 , 6, 9, 11, 13 , 15, 68, 76, 171, 176, 18

Critic Reviews

5.0(1 review)
  • The Telegraph

    Mar 13, 2015

    "...As “Oppie”, John Heffernan is every inch a commanding boffin - pale, angular, debonair, his down-turned lips often curling in disdainful arrogance but very much the bright star with a cold core of iron. At times addressing us as though we were at a lecture-theatre (there’s even a blackboard for lightning-fast lessons), he often catches our sympathy unawares, tears forming as the weight of the war-effort, private griefs and wider responsibilities sits heavily on his shoulders. The cigarette-puffing period ambience is well caught; its inequalities too. Among the decreasingly happy women in Oppenheimer’s life, Thomasin Rand shines as his alluring botanist wife Kitty, while Catherine Steadman impresses as his live-wire, half-abandoned Commie-lover Jean Tatlock. Michael Grady-Hall, playing his estranged physicist brother Frank, gets a powerful scene urging him to share the new deadly knowledge with rival powers. The play could afford to blind us with even more technical data. But, overall, this ambitious attempt to encapsulate a complex scientific and historical chapter - and the contradictions of its leading light - delivers the dazzling spectacle of brilliant minds at unparalleled work during a time of unprecedented darkness."


4.3(14 reviews)
  • Liz Donovan

    May 22, 2015

    The show was Brilliant all the actors were passionate in their roles and i would say the best show i've seen this year

  • Evan Parker

    May 17, 2015

    First half was a little dry, no need for all the science, just the critical bits. Second half much better with excellent finale. The integration of Oppenheimer's sex life was not especially well done. Personally I think the director should have done a bit of a hatchet job with the script to turn into a great drama. Evan Parker (Professor of Physics)

  • A OHea

    May 15, 2015

    Enjoyed every moment. Beginning of second half perhaps a little slow but soon I was concentrating with no effort.

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