First Look: Marianne Elliott’s Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at The Wyndham’s Theatre

Rehearsals for Elliott & Harper Productions’ inaugural production, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle by Simon Stephens began this week.  Directed by the Olivier and Tony award-winning Marianne Elliott, it runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London from 3 October 2017 to 6 January 2018, with a press night on Monday 9 October 2017.  Marianne’s many credits include the award-winning productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse and most recently the National Theatre’s production of Angels in America, which will transfer to Broadway next year, as a co-production with Elliott & Harper.

Tony and Olivier-Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is a surprising and life-affirming new play inspired by one of  the most famous ideas in quantum physics, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle and stars Anne-Marie Duff as Georgie and Kenneth Cranham as Alex.

In this uncertain world, who can predict what brings people together?  When two strangers meet by chance amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, their lives are changed forever. 

 The creative team for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle also includes many of the team Elliott worked with on her record- breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time including designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Paule Constable, movement director Steven Hoggett and sound designer Ian Dickinson.  The play will also feature music from acclaimed pianist and composer Nils Frahm.

Photographs by Alex Rumford include:  director Marianne Elliott, producer, Chris Harper, designer Bunny Christie, playwright Simon Stephens and cast members, Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham.

Marianne Elliott, artistic director of Elliott & Harper Productions, was an associate director of the National Theatre for 10 years.  The first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director, Marianne’s ground- breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for its run on Broadway.  Her production ofSaint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.

 Anne-Marie Duff played the title role in Marianne’s production of Saint Joan for the NT, a role which earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in 2007, and more recently in the highly-acclaimed NT/Royal Exchange Theatre production of Husbands and Sons, also directed by Elliott.  Anne-Marie Duff’s many screen roles include Fiona Gallagher in Shameless for Channel 4, Queen Elizabeth in the BBC’s The Virgin Queen and the upcoming film On Chesil Beach. Kenneth Cranham, who has been a star of stage and screen for over 50 years gave what many consider the performance of his career so far in The Father last year; a role which earned him the Olivier Award for Best Actor. His many TV and film credits include: Shine on Harvey MoonLayer Cake, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, Maleficent and he has just completed filming ITV’s dramatization of the £25m Hatton Garden safety deposit raid.  His latest film: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool with Jamie Bell, and Annette Benning will be released in October 2017.

Simon Stephens’ other plays include Port and Harper Regan (both directed by Marianne Elliott), Punk Rock and new English language versions of Chekhov, Ibsen, Brecht and von Horvath. His version of Ibsen’s The Doll’s House transferred to the West End in 2013 and played at the Brooklyn Academy in 2014. His most recent plays include Fatherland for the Manchester International Festival and a new adaptation of The Seagull for the Lyric Hammersmith. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre.

The producers for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at the Wyndham’s Theatre are: Elliott & Harper ProductionsCatherine Schreiber, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner, Bruno Wang.

Heisenberg:  The Uncertainty Principle

Box Office information:

Address:  Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

Dates:  3 October 2017 – 6 January 2018

Performances:  Monday to Saturday at 8pmThursday and Saturday at 3.00pm

Press Night:  Monday 9 October at 7pm

Ticket prices from £19.50

In addition, an allocation of £19.50 Day Seats are available for every performance from the Wyndham’s Theatre box office from 10am

Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office, No booking fee, 0844 482 5120*   Access Booking 0344 482 5137

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