Charles Edwards   Patricia Hodge   Paul Jesson


by Michael Frayn

Minerva Theatre
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Michael Frayn’s wonderful, tense, humane play

Daily Mail

A superb, well-acted production


A storming revival



Evening Standard

Brilliantly acted revival

The Stage

In 1941, in the middle of the Second World War, the great German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish colleague Niels Bohr. They were old friends and collaborators, and together in the 1920s they had begun to lay bare the mysteries at the heart of the atom. But now Denmark was under German occupation, the meeting was fraught with danger and embarrassment – and Heisenberg was burdened with a terrible secret.   

Why he went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions which have exercised historians ever since. In Michael Frayn’s multi award-winning drama Heisenberg meets Bohr and his wife Margrethe once again to look for the answers, and to work out, just as they had once worked out the internal functioning of the atom, how we can ever know why we do what we do.

Michael Frayn is one of this country’s finest writers. Copenhagen premiered at the National Theatre in 1998, going on to the West End and Broadway and winning over 10 major international awards.

Michael Blakemore’s many collaborations with Michael Frayn include Democracy at the National Theatre and the original production of Copenhagen for which he won a Tony Award. Of his extensive London productions, 15 have earned Evening Standard or Olivier Awards. 

Charles Edwards returns to Chichester to play Heisenberg. His work ranges from Downton Abbey on television to Waste and the original cast of This House at the National Theatre. 

Patricia Hodge plays Margrethe. Her most recent Chichester appearance was Travels with My Aunt (2016); her extensive work includes Miranda and Downton Abbey on television, and Michael Frayn's Noises Off at the National Theatre.

Paul Jesson makes his Chichester debut as Bohr. His screen work includes Mr Turner and Spooks, while extensive theatre includes Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (RSC). 

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Michael Frayn’s wonderful, tense, humane play. It is perfectly realised here, is neat in physics metaphors, profound in ethical philosophy, sharp and sometimes funny in its human insight

Daily Mail

Michael Frayn's masterwork still blazes with mystery in Michael Blakemore’s storming revival


A superb, well-acted production, providing the audience with plenty to think about


A provocative and powerful collision of two scientific minds. Gripping

Evening Standard

Brilliantly acted revival of Frayn’s gripping but coolly crafted play. Charles Edwards and Paul Jesson generate thrilling bursts of theatrical energy, whilst Patricia Hodge’s Margrethe is the play’s still nucleus.

The Stage

Superbly acted, riveting and terrifying in equal measure

Stage Review

An enthralling evening, a fascinating, riveting portrait of a clash of great minds

West Sussex Gazette

Cast & Creatives


Cast List

Charles Edwards

Werner Heisenberg

Patricia Hodge

Margrethe Bohr

Paul Jesson

Niels Bohr

Creative Team

Cast List

Michael Blakemore


Peter J Davison


Mark Henderson

Lighting Designer

Carolyn Downing

Sound Designer

Nina Dunn

Video Designer

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director



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Running Time
2 hours and 30 minutes including the interval