Copenhagen has ratings and reviews. Manny said: So what did you think?- I liked it! A lot of really interesting historical stuff about the. More information has come to light, since Michael Frayn’s play premiered in , about its subject: the ruptured friendship between the. New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeMichael Frayn’s career-high play challenges classical drama as surely as its two scientist lead characters do.

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All that said, I for once have For Valentine’s Day, Jesse gave me an uninterrupted hour to read Copenhagen and write the review. For Valentine’s Day, Jesse gave me an uninterrupted hour to read Copenhagen and write the review. Frayn’s play brought more attention to what previously had been a primarily scholarly discussion.

The way Frayn applied their scientific theories to their lives particularly impressed me, but, above all, it’s a story about scientists as human beings, something I always enjoy reading.

In his preface to A Dream PlayAugust Strindberg notes that in these worlds, “everything is possible and probable. Instead, through many other books which I have discussed in another postwe have a pretty good picture of the German atomic program, how it was decided that it would pursue reactors, not bombs, and how paltry it was in comparison to the Allied effort. These are all traits of the artistic style known as Expressionism.

Yes, that can’t be accidental. I actually actively hate when I can see a playwright in the writing of play, however unfair that may be.

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For an arts graduate. Bohr had concluded that they would have both drowned had he jumped in to save his son, and this presents an idea of futile heroics, particularly with reference to Heisenberg and what should happen if he were to resist Hitler’s rule. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. They lacked anything like a Leslie Groves or Lavrenty Beria figure who could push the work through, against all odds and setbacks, in the limited amount of time that it might have been successful.

Perhaps the author wishes to leave it to the interpretive will of the director but I think this a mistake. That my silence and gravity, as you write in the letter, could be taken as an expression of shock at your reports that it was possible to make an atomic bomb is a quite peculiar misunderstanding, which must be due to the great tension in your own mind.


It opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on 11 April and ran for performances. The question of whether Heisenberg was a saboteur or not is not on that level, even if I think the bulk of the historical profession would not agree with Frayn that it is as likely an explanation for the German failure as any other.


I listened to this copenhgaen speaking since [a] great matter for mankind was at issue in which, despite our personal friendship, we had to be regarded as representatives of two sides engaged in mortal combat. For most people, the principles of nuclear physics are not only incomprehensible but inhuman. Refresh and try again. It was about relationships.

Either he talked with Bohr on a walk, or at his residence. Loading comments… Trouble loading? His novels, such as Towards the End of the MorningHeadlong and Spieshave also been critical and commercial frwyn, making him one of the handful of writers in the English language to succeed in both drama and prose fiction.

I’m your enemy; I’m also your friend.

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As it was, the night we went our seats were on the stage. Can’t imagine how I missed reading about that earlier. Michael Frayn takes the historical reference to one chance and completely unexpected inexplicable almost improper meeting between Bohr and Heisenberg – once close as father and son and now sitting squarely on opposite sides of a war with consequences neither had yet grasped though they were at the very moment working towards it – and spins a fictional account of what might have transpired – all the while emphasising that the protagonists themselves may have never truly known their own motivations let alone the other’s.

Their fascination in playing with the new toy blinds them to the danger that it poses. This blog began in Even for this effort though, criticism arose about the complexity of the play and the difficulty for viewers to comprehend.

The Americans ended up for various reasons thinking it could be done; the Germans thought it was not worth the risk and expense. But even with translation in mind, Frayn defends that the words in the script are those that the characters would actually say. But above all they were human, with all the requisite failings and ambiguities, and when considered as such they become so much more fascinating — which is why I picked up Co I’m kind of fascinated by the history of science, in particular by the lives of the various actors involved.


Still, it meant I bought the book the next day. How we know why people do what they do, and even how one knows what one does oneself.

As soon as I read it I began to think that this story reflected some of the problems that I had been thinking about in philosophy for a long time. Heisenberg’s letters to his wife and later to Jungk place his conversation with Bohr on Wednesday evening. I’m a particle; I’m also a wave.

I was wondering if I could kiss you. I wish this had come with stage directions, because it was difficult frahn understand some of the dialogue without knowing how they were interacting or not on stage.

One is the uncertainty principle, and the other is my mysterious visit to Niels Bohr in Copenhagen in I could barely get the words out.

Copenhagen review – Michael Frayn’s masterwork still blazes with mystery

Copenhaen 11, Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was amazing Shelves: He is best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and the dramas Copenhagen and Democracy. I loved the entire premise of the play: The construction of the plot is non-linear, seeing as it does not exist in time and space.

Basically some of those little patterns that people notice in their lives and sometimes vaguely think about but never really manage cooenhagen phrase in “plain language”, as it were.

Heisenbergs line sums this the essence of the work up brilliantly: This is just a shit version of Arcadia which, in hindsight, isn’t really that good of a play either. Indeed, Bohr’s letters note that Heisenberg spoke “in vague terms”, from which Bohr was only able to form an “impression” about Heisenberg’s efforts. It had a “second” cast when it opened copenhagenn the West Endwho were responsible for performing at least one of the matinee shows each week.