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Anne-Marie Duff in Heisenberg at the Wyndham’s Theatre

Friday, 16th Jun 2017  

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle - Wyndham's Theatre

There are many reasons to be excited by the latest production announced for the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End. For starters, it has already wowed audiences on Broadway, proving that this has already resonated with theatregoers, and secondly it is the latest play from writer Simon Stephens, whose success with adapting The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ensures he is in high demand for years to come.

Heisenberg focuses on a life-changing event, one that is both unexpected and meaningful as we met two characters – complete strangers – on a London train platform. The show explores a love between people that goes against the grain as the character of Georgie waits for the train and decides to kiss the older Alex on the neck, despite him being another face in the crowd.

The actors recruited to portray these roles onstage are Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham, the latter of whom was recently seen in The Father at the Duke of York’s Theatre. They take over from Mary Louise Parker and Denis Arndt, who played the parts of Georgie and Alex on Broadway.

It means that audiences also get some familiar faces with the British production, with Anne-Marie Duff well known for a wide range of roles. Many of these have included screen work, with credits in the likes of Suffragette and The Virgin Queen, however she also has theatre credits that date back to the 1990s.

These include this year’s Common at the National Theatre, as well as 2013’s Strange Interlude also at the National Theatre alongside Cause Celebre at the Old Vic Theatre.
As for writer Simon Stephens – though he is best known for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time these days, he has amassed countless credits for a range of other acclaimed shows, like Harper Regan, Birdland, Punk Rock and Pornography, to name but a few.

Heisenberg replaces Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the play that celebrates Billie Holiday playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre over the summer. That production is another transfer from Broadway, with the theatre district on the other side of the Atlantic producing an array of hit shows anticipated here in the West End.

Audiences can catch Heisenberg when it opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre this October. It plays at the West End venue, under the direction of Marianne Elliot, from Tuesday 3rd October 2017 to Saturday 6th January 2018.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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