'Copenhagen' by Michael Frayn | University of Oxford

'Copenhagen' by Michael Frayn

Event date
2 Sep 2014 to 6 Sep 2014
Event time
19:30 - 21:45
Andrew Wiles Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Venue details

Mezzanine Circulation Space

Event type
Event cost
£12 & £10
Disabled access?
Booking required

'Copenhagen' is a modern classic that explores the complex relationship between two great atomic physicists and colleagues, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. In 1941 Heisenberg, who had decided to stay and work in Germany for the duration of the war, visited his old friend and collaborator Bohr, who was living with his wife in Nazi-occupied Denmark. What they discussed during this meeting remains shrouded in mystery and controversy, but by the end of this visit their long friendship was over. It is this meeting that forms the basis of Frayn's fascinating play, as the three characters revisit their lives and try to make sense of the contradictions and conflict, their motivations and desires, at a crucial time when theoretical physics was moving from the laboratory to the history books.