Farm Hall

Farm Hall

Live at
Richmond Theatre
Mon 23 Oct - Sat 28 Oct 2023
Closed
“It was never about the Reich or the war. It was about physics.”

Richmond Theatre

Mon 23 Oct - Sat 28 Oct 2023
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ
1 hour 50 minutes incl. interval
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Wed and Sat at 14:30
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Based on a remarkable true story. Summer 1945, Hitler is dead, but the war in the Pacific rages on.

Farm Hall

When six of Germany’s top nuclear scientists – including three Nobel Prize winners – are detained by the Allied forces at Farm Hall, a country house in the Cambridge countryside, they find themselves shut off from the outside world. Their entertainment? Some redacted newspaper, a broken piano and a copy of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. But as the months go by, their attention turns to the ongoing war and thoughts of their broken homeland.

The scientists’ tranquil summer is shattered by the inconceivable news that the Americans have succeeded where the Germans have failed, that the United States has not only built an atomic bomb, but has used one against Japan…

Unbeknownst to the scientists, during their stay, every inch of Farm Hall was bugged and their every action recorded. This play is inspired by the true events that took place at Farm Hall between July 1945 and January 1946.

The cast is a line-up of the crème of British actors with Forbes Masson, Daniel Boyd, Alan Cox, Julius D’Silva, William Chubb and George Jones. Under the guiding hand of director Stephen Unwin, previously the Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre and the Rose Theatre, Kingston, this production comes from London’s award-winning Jermyn Street Theatre.

Content Warnings: This production contains a loud bang, simulating an explosion.

Cast and Creatives

Stephen Unwin
Director
Stephen Unwin
Emma Howlett
Assistant Director
Emma Howlett
Ceci Calf
Set & Costume Designer
Ceci Calf
Ben Ormerod
Lighting Designer
Ben Ormerod
John Leonard
Sound Designer
John Leonard

What the critics say

A riveting wartime thriller...directed by Stephen Unwin with elegant economy. Searing performances...a punchy accomplished play.
- The Guardian
Exquisite performances...a fascinating new play.
- Mail on Sunday
A strong ensemble...thoroughly absorbing, beautifully acted.
- The Times

Richmond Theatre

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ
Richmond (District Line), Overground (SW Trains)
The Box Office is open for 90 minutes prior to the performance commencing. Please note we will not be open on days we do not have any performances. See the ‘What’s On’ section for performance times.
Bar - Pre-show & interval drinks and snacks
Ambassador Lounge - Pre-show & interval table service (Charge applies)

One of the oldest surviving theatres designed by iconic architect Frank Matcham, Richmond Theatre has sat in the heart of the local community since 1899.

The beautiful Grade II-listed venue presents a wide range of quality shows, from pre- and post-West End Drama to record-breaking musicals, opera, dance and family entertainment.

The theatre is also a popular filming location, having been used for film and TV including Finding Neverland, Bugsy Malone, Killing Eve and Ted Lasso.

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Richmond Theatre

Mon 23 Oct - Sat 28 Oct 2023
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ
1 hour 50 minutes incl. interval
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Wed and Sat at 14:30
For group bookings of 10 or more:
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