Breaking The Code

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

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Mathematics                 

Secondary Discipline: Computer Science

Scientist (s): Alan Turing

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, they 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 on 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.

Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/1987/11/16/theater/stage-breaking-the-code.html

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/nov/06/breaking-the-code-review-autism-alan-turing-enigma

Entered by: Denise Gillman / Brooke Sanders

Alan Turing
Actors (L-R) Andreas Manolikakis & Derek Jacobi in a scene fr. the Broadway play “Breaking the Code.”
Actors (L-R) Colm Meaney & Michael Dolan in a scene fr. the Broadway play “Breaking the Code.”
Actors (L-R) Derek Jacobi & Michael Dolan in a scene fr. the Broadway play “Breaking the Code.”
Actors (L-R) Derek Jacobi, Jenny Agutter & Michael Gough in a scene fr. the Broadway play “Breaking the Code.”
Actors Derek Jacobi & Jenny Agutter in a scene fr. the Broadway play “Breaking the Code.”
Actors Derek Jacobi & Jenny Agutter in a scene fr. the Broadway play “Breaking the Code.”
Actresses (L-R) Rachel Gurney & Jenny Agutter in a scene fr. the Broadway play “Breaking the Code.”
Actor Derek Jacobi in a scene fr. the Broadway play “Breaking the Code.”

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