Hapgood

Does light come in waves or particles? Experiments will show either: the experimenter can choose. “A double agent is like a trick of the light,” Kerner the physicist tells Blair the spy catcher.

Play title:  Hapgood

Author (s):  Tom Stoppard

Publisher: Faber and Faber Limited

Publication Date: 1988, 1999 (Faber and Faber Limited)

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Quantum Mechanics

Secondary Discipline: Physics

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: ‘Lectures on Physics’/’The Character of Physical Law by Richard P. Feynman

Character Breakdown: 1 Woman, 8 Men

Hapgood, Blair, Kerner, Ridley, Wates, Maggs, Merryweather, Joe, Russian

Setting: Varies

Time Period: 1980’s

Synopsis of Play: Does light come in waves or particles? Experiments will show either: the experimenter can choose. “A double agent is like a trick of the light,” Kerner the physicist tells Blair the spy catcher. “You get what you interrogate for.” Dual natures, of light and of people, are the theme of Tom Stoppard’s espionage thriller. Kerner’s secret research is being leaked to Moscow. Is Ridley the double? Or is Kerner a triple? Hapgood is the person to find out, and maybe it will need two of her. https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/2770/hapgood

First Performance Date: March 8th, 1988

First Producer: Aldwych Theatre, London

Performance History: Hapgood was first performed at the Aldwych Theatre, London, on March 8th, 1988 and was presented by Michael Cordon. It was directed by Peter Wood and designed by Carl Toms with lighting by David Hersey.

Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/dec/10/hapgood-review-hampstead-theatre-london

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/hapgood-hampstead-theatre-london-review-a-wonderfully-spry-and-superbly-cast-revival-a6768791.html

https://www.nytimes.com/1994/12/11/theater/sunday-view-a-witty-thriller-by-tom-stoppard-doubles-the-fun.html

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/hapgood-hampstead-theatre-review-a-consciously-nostalgic-cold-wa/

http://articles.latimes.com/1989-04-14/entertainment/ca-1830_1_roger-rees-nicholas-nickleby-stage-review

https://variety.com/1994/legit/reviews/hapgood-1200439849/

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/hapgood-rev

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hapgood-the-sunday-times-review-p3r0905p0fp

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1988-04-07/features/8803060848_1_hapgood-quantum-mechanics-early-reviews

http://www.curtainup.com/hapgooddc.html

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                               
2015, Hampstead Theatre, Photo: Alastair Muir                          2015, Hampstead Theatre, Photo: Alastair Muir

                                         

2015, Hampstead Theatre, Photo: Alastair Muir                          2015, Hampstead Theatre, Photo: Alastair Muir

                                 

2015, Hampstead Theatre, Photo: Alastair Muir                           2015, Hampstead Theatre, Photo: Alastair Muir

                                 

2015, Hampstead Theatre, Photo: Alastair Muir                           2015, Hampstead Theatre, Photo: Alastair Muir

2015, Hampstead Theatre, Photo: Alastair Muir

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