John Heffernan in Oppenheimer at the Vaudeville Theatre
Theatre Regular Reprising His Role in the Royal Shakespeare Company Production in the West End
The Royal Shakespeare Company transfers another of its hit shows to the West End this month as Oppenheimer, which originally appeared at the company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, makes its way to the Vaudeville Theatre. It joins other RSC productions in Theatreland such as Matilda The Musical, which plays at the Cambridge Theatre, and will undoubtedly attract considerable interest.
The announcement of the transfer is also accompanied by the news that John Heffernan will be returning to play the title role of J Robert Oppenheimer following his work at the Swan Theatre.
Oppenheimer is the new play from Tom Morton-Smith and focuses on the historical figure responsible for the Atomic Bomb. We find him in 1939 as a man whose life inside and outside of history is unenviable, with a radical past behind him and with a personal life shrouded in turbulent relationships. Eventually, he is given enormous responsibility as he is faced with the task of creating a doomsday weapon that will have profound consequences, not only for the ongoing Second World War, but for humanity as a whole for the rest of the century.
Actor John Heffernan takes on the role of Oppenheimer having previously played other real life historical figures on the stage, including Edward II at the Olivier National Theatre in 2013. His other credits for the South Bank venue include After The Dance, The Habit Of Art and She Stoops to Conquer, among others, whilst other London credits include The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios 1. He has appeared in numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company beyond Oppenheimer, from The Seagull to Romeo & Juliet, and has also appeared on the screen in everything from Ripper Street to Foyle’s War.
Meanwhile, writer Tom Morton-Smith’s is a rising star whose debut play Salt Meets Wound emerged in 2007.
The Vaudeville Theatre is currently the home of Di and Viv and Rose, with The Importance Of Being Earnest and Just Jim Dale both set to head to the stage as the year progresses. Oppenheimer slots in from March to May with an official run beginning on Tuesday 31st March 2015 (previews from Friday 27th March 2015) and continuing to Saturday 23rd May 2015.