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Copenhagen - Full Length Play, Drama


Michael Frayn

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573627521

by Michael Frayn
In 1941, German physicist Werner Heisenberg went to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together they had revolutionized atomic science in the 1920s, but now they were on opposite sides of a world war.

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Full Length Play


Period, Docudrama/Historic

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - Simple setting. Interior.


Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes


Mild Adult Themes


Friendship, War




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


Tony, From Broadway, From West End

WINNER! 2000 Tony® Award for Best Play
In 1941, German physicist Werner Heisenberg went to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together they had revolutionized atomic science in the 1920s, but now they were on opposite sides of a world war. In this incisive drama by the prominent British playwright which premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London and opened to rave reviews on Broadway (ultimately winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play), the two men meet in a situation fraught with danger in hopes of discovering why we do what we do.
"The most invigorating and ingenious play of ideas in many a year. An electrifying work of art. - The New York Times, Read More

"Superb. Dynamic." - The New Yorker, Read More

"Gripping. A brilliant play." - London Guardian, Read More

"The word 'tremendous' is often used but seldom deserved. In this case it is. Copenhagen is an intellectual and theatrical tour de force." - London Times
Copenhagen opened in London at the Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre on May 28, 1998. This production was moved to the Duchess Theatre, London, where it opened on February 5, 1999. Copenhagen opened in New York City on Broadway at the Royal Theatre on April 11, 2000 under the direction of Michael Blakemore. 


2m, 1f


Ensemble cast

WERNER HEISENBERG - 40s-50s, the German physicist
NIELS BOHR - 40s-50s, Heisenberg's Danish counterpart
MARGRETHE NORLUND BOHR - 40s, Niels's wife, an integral part of his life and work
Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933. He began his career as a reporter for the Guardian and later the Observer. After leaving the Observer he continued to write as a columnist as well as publishing novels and plays for television and stage. His plays for stage include: Copenhagen, After Life, The Two of Us, Alphabetical Order, Donkeys’ Years, Clouds, Balmoral (Liberty Hall), Make and Break, ... view full profile

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carolyn rent 1/31/2016 7:19 PM
One of my favorite plays. I saw the play in NYC several years ago. My husband, father-in-law and I all  thought it was great. Although I probably didn't understand all the science as well as I would have liked to, I found the dialogue unforgettable.  I bought the play for my uncle and daughter.  They both really appreciates it for the history, science and beautiful writing.  I think that the play can be understood on many levels.  
Kenneth Wright 3/6/2014 6:18 PM
I saw the original production in London, and immediately bought the script. Though it talks a lot about nuclear physics, the play kept me riveted. If you can get past the physics, this is an ingenious look at what might have transpired during a private entretien between two prominent physicists at the outbreak of WWII. What happened during this meeting might have had repercussions throughout the world.
Suzanne Kelt 10/10/2013 4:51 PM
Not for me. A very intellectual play in a way, science focused. No duet scripts. Heavy going. Was disappointed as heard great reviews. Would be interesting to see if I enjoy a live performance.

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