Breaking the Code (2011)

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by Hugh Whitemore, based on the book "Alan Turing, The Enigma" by Andrew Hodges

Directed by Anton Krause

Performances: Tues 16th - Sat 20th August 2011


Breaking the Code is a 1986 play by Hugh Whitemore about British mathematician Alan Turing, who was a key player in the breaking of the German Enigma code at Bletchley Park during World War II. The play thematically links Turing's cryptographic activities with his attempts to grapple with his homosexuality.

Following a run in the London West End beginning in November, 1986, the play ran on Broadway from November 15, 1987 to April 10, 1988, in both cases starring Derek Jacobi. The Broadway production was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Actor in a Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play, and Best Direction of a Play, and for two Drama Desk awards, for Best Actor and Best Featured Actor. Following Jacobi's departure, the London production transferred to the Comedy Theatre with John Castle as Turing.[1]

The play was adapted for television in a 1996 BBC filmed production also starring Jacobi, which won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award and was nominated for two BAFTA TV awards, for best single drama and best actor, and for a GLAAD Media Award. It was broadcast in the United States by PBS.



Many thanks to Jeanette Hoile, Mark Bullock and Lisa Thomas and the casts of 84 Charing Cross Road (2011), You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (2011) and Breathing Corpses (2011) (You can have your missing actor soon). Thanks also to Carole Coyne for being our Theatre Rep and to Sarah, Robin and all at The Hope pub for allowing us to rehearse in their excellent new space and serving a fine pint.


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