The play tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, who devised the means of cracking the German Enigma code which helped win World War II.
Play title: Breaking The Code
Author (s): Huge Whitemore
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc
Publication Date: 1987
Primary Discipline: Mathematics
Secondary Discipline: Computer Science
Alan Turing – 1912-1954, Turing is remembered for his work in mathematics and computer sciences. He worked during World War Two to decipher encrypted German messages. While dismissed at the time, Turing’s work could have created the first computer.
Source Texts: “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges
Character Breakdown: 7 men, 2 women
Mick Ross, Alan Turing, Christopher Morcom, Sara Turing, Ron Miller, John Smith, Dillwyn Knox, Pat Green, Nikos
Setting: Various locations in England
Time Period: 1920’s – 1960’s
Synopsis of Play: The play tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, who devised the means of cracking the German Enigma code which helped win World War II. Meanwhile, he also “broke the code” by being unapologetically homosexual at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain. It was on Churchill’s specific instructions that Turing was given all the resources he required – and his personal behavior tolerated. However, the system eventually catches up with Alan. (http://stageagent.com/shows/play/1467/breaking-the-code#ixzz4hp3HSLMW)
First Performance Date: September 15th, 1986
First Producer: Michael Redington in association with Duncan C. Weldon and Jerome Minskoff.
Performance History: The London premiere of Breaking the Code was first presented at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guilford on September 15th, 1986 and subsequently at the Theater Royal, Haymarket, London in October 21, 1986 starring Derek Jacobi and directed by Clifford Williams. The set and costumes were designed by Liz da Costa and the lighting design by Mick Hughes.
The New York Premiere of Breaking the Code opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on November 15, 1987 starring Derek Jacobi.
Entered by: Denise Gillman / Brooke Sanders