Heisenberg: the uncertainty principleView this Production
3 October 2017 to 6 January 2018
Wyndham’s Theatre, London, WC2H 0DA
Evenings: Mon – Sat, 8pm | Matinees: Thu & Sat, 3pm
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.
Tony and Olivier Award winning playwright Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is a surprising and life-affirming new play starring Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham.
“A soaring, suspenseful, thrilling play. Vibrant and emotionally charged"The New York Times
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Anne-Marie Duff is an award-winning actress on both stage and screen. Known for roles such as Fiona Gallagher in C4s Shameless, Queen Elizabeth in the BBC series miniseries The Virgin Queen, John Lennon’s mother Julia Stanley in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Nowhere Boy, as the eponymous heroine in Saint Joan and Lady Macbeth on Broadway, Anne-Marie is considered to be one of the UKs most versatile and admired actresses.
Additional West End Theatre credits include playing Alma Rattenbury in Thea Sharrock’s production of Cause Célèbre at The Old Vic (2011). At the Donmar Warehouse she performed the title role of Berenice in a rewriting of Jean Racine’s tragedy (2012) and starred in Peter Gill’s Days of Wine and Roses (2005). Young Vic Theatre credits include Bernard Shaw’s The Daughter In Law (2002) and William Congreves’ The Soldiers Fortune (2007).
Working twice with the Shared Experience Theatre Company, Anne-Marie played Nora in Polly Teale’s A Doll’s House (2001) and starred in The Mill of The Floss (1994).
Additional film credits include Peter Mullan’s The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Richard Eyre’s Notes on a Scandal (2006), Is There Anybody There? (2008), The Last Station (2009) and more recently Before I Go To Sleep (2014).
Anne-Marie has also carved out a hugely successful career on British television, probably best known for her unforgettable role as Fiona in the television series Shameless, for which she received an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award) in 2004, and was BAFTA nominated the year after. Two years later in 2007 she was again nominated for a BAFTA Award as Best Actress for her portrayal of Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen. Other television credits include Margot, playing the iconic Royal Ballet Prima Ballerina Margot Fonteyn, Jimmy McGovern’s Emmy award-winning series Accused and Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed Parade’s End.
Photo of Anne-Marie Duff by Dan Kennedy
Kenneth Cranham is a prolific Scottish-born film, television, radio and stage actor. Cranham trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and RADA, and since graduating his career has spanned over forty years emcompassing a huge range of productions and platforms.
Highlights include his time in the title role in the popular 1980s comedy drama “Shine on Harvey Moon”. He also appeared in acclaimed feature films including Layer Cake, Gangster No. 1, Rome, Oliver!. His many stage credits include being a leading actor at the Royal Court Theatre between 1965-81, West End productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot, An Inspector Calls (both transferring to Broadway), The Ruffian on the Stair, The Birthday Party and Gaslight (at the Old Vic). Most recently, he has been heard on BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Play series as “DS Max Matthews” in the three-play series The Interrogation by Roy Williams and starred as “Thomas Gradgrind” in BBC Radio’s 2007 adaptation of Dickens Hard Times narrated and performed his own selection of Kipling’s Barrack Room Ballads’. For his role as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award.
Last year, he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Andre in Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’ a role that also saw him win the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards Best Actor award. The play originated at the Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio in the Autumn of 2014, before touring the country and transferring to the West End in the Summer of 2015, and returning to the Duke of York’s Theatre in Spring 2016. The play received an unprecedented five star review from every leading national press publication.
Kenneth’s recent and upcoming credits included The White Princess, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Inside No. 9 and ITV’s Bancroft.
Photo of Kenneth Cranham by Dan Kennedy
Marianne Elliott was an Associate Director for the National Theatre for 10 years. Marianne most recently directed the National’s sell-out production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Her other work for the NT includes War Horse (West End, Broadway, a tour of the UK and Ireland, two tours of North America, plus runs in Canada, Toronto, Berlin and China.) Co-directed with Tom Morris, War Horse’s many awards include the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. Marianne also directed Husbands & Sons (a co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre), Rules for Living, The Light Princess, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Tours of the UK & Ireland, US Tour, West End and Broadway; Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Director; South Bank Sky Arts Award), Port, Season’s Greetings, Women Beware Women, All’s Well That Ends Well, Mrs Affleck, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award), Thérèse Raquin, and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Best Director Award) for the NT. She was an Associate Director at the Royal Court, where her productions include Stoning Mary, Notes on Falling Leaves, The Sugar Syndrome and Local. Previously she was an Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre where she directed Port, Design for Living, Les Blancs, As You Like It, A Woman of No Importance, Nude with Violin, Fast Food, Martin Yesterday, Deep Blue Sea, Mad for It, Poor Superman and I Have Been Here Before. Other theatre includes Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic; Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC and The Little Foxes at the Donmar.
Simon Stephens’ early work at the Royal Court includes Bluebird; Herons, Country Music and Motortown. In 2008 Marianne Elliott directed Harper Regan at the National Theatre; and Sea Wall, starring, Andrew Scott played at the Bush. Simon had success with his plays Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hanover, 2007 and Edinburgh Festival / Birmingham Rep, 2008 and Tricycle Theatre, 2009) and Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith / Manchester Royal Exchange in 2009) which won the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production. In 2011, I am The Wind, an adaptation from Jon Fosse’s original, opened at the Young Vic. 2012 saw Three Kingdoms performed in London, Tallinn and Munich, Morning at the Lyric Theatre, and a new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Young Vic which subsequently transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2013. His adaption of Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time directed by Marianne Elliott won the Oliver and Tony Awards for Best New Play. It opened at the National Theatre, transferred to the West End; and then to Broadway. It is currently touring the UK and Ireland, North America and will soon to tour to Amsterdam, Toronto with future international dates planned. In 2014 Carmen Disruption premiered at Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg and later transferred to the Almeida Theatre in London. Birdland premiered at the Royal Court and his adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard opened at the Young Vic in 2014. In 2015, Heisenberg opened at MTC in New York and transferred to the Friedman on Broadway in 2016; The Funfair, Simon’s new version of Ödön von Horváth’s Kasimir and Karoline, opened at Home in Manchester; and Song from Far Away, directed by Ivo van Hove received its UK premiere at the Young Vic. His version of Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera opened at the NT in May 2016.
His most recent plays include: Nuclear War for the Royal Court, an English language version of Obsession for the Barbican, Fatherland for the Manchester International Festival at the Royal Exchange and a new adaptation of The Seagull at the Lyric Hammersmith. Simon’s plays for radio include: Five Letter Home to Elizabeth, Digging, both for Radio4. Simon’s screenwriting includes a two-part serial Dive (with Dominic Savage) for Granada/BBC , a short film adaptation of Pornography, and Cargese. Other awards include the 2001 Pearson Award for Best Play for Port (also directed by Marianne Elliott) and the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play for On the Shore of the Wide World. Simon has won the Theater Heute’s Award for Motortown in 2007, Pornography in 2008 and Wastwater in 2011.
Simon is Artistic Associate at the Lyric Theatre and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court.
Has designed shows all over the UK, Europe and in the U.S.
She has worked for Theatre Companies including The RSC, The Young Vic,
The Donmar Warehouse, The Old Vic, The Royal Court, Birmingham Rep,
Manchester Royal Exchange, Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Lyceum, Glasgow
Tron, The Royal Albert Hall as well as many fringe venues and site specific work.
She has a long association with the National Theatre designing shows in all of their theatre spaces and devising shows in the the NT Studio.
Her work covers set and costume for many of the classics and a huge number of new plays. One of these new plays was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime which began life at the NT, subsequently transferred to the West End, winning seven Olivier Awards including Best Design.
Curious Incident then opened on Broadway winning her a Tony Award and is currently on a UK and US Tour.
Other recent work includes Ink by James Graham at The Almeida Theatre and The Red Barn at The NT directed by Robert Icke.
People Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan, began life at the NT, transferred to Wyndhams Theatre and will open in NY later this year.
She designed the all women Shakespeare Trilogy at The Donmar Theatre directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Julius Caesar and Henry IV transferred to NY and the productions were hailed as “One of the most important theatrical events of the year”. The Tempest completed the Trilogy and all three were performed at The Donmar at Kings Cross in a new Theatre space and Bar which she designed. A film of the production of Julius Caesar will premier at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
She has won three Olivier Awards, an Evening Standard Award and a Critics Circle Award for various shows at the NT.
Her Opera work includes Medea at ENO and Tosca for Houston Grand Opera, whilst in Houston she collaborated with Andre Previn designing the World Premiere of his opera Brief Encounter.
Many of her productions have been filmed for NT Live or by the BBC and she was Production Designer on Swansong starring John Gielgud which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Short Film.
Steven Hoggett was a founder member of Frantic Assembly where his director/choreographer credits included Little Dogs with National Theatre Wales; Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout, Othello (TMA Award, Best Director), Stockholm, pool (no water) and Dirty Wonderland. He has recently provided choreography and movement direction on Let The Right One In for National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Court/West End; Rigoletto for Metropolitan Opera; The Full Monty at Sheffield Lyceum/West End; The Glass Menagerie for the American Repertory Theatre/Broadway; and Dr Dee for Manchester International Festival/ENO. On Broadway he has choreographed The Last Ship, Rocky The Musical, Green Day’s American Idiot, Peter & the Starcatcher (Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Choreography) and Once (Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Choreography). He worked as Associate Director/Choreographer on Black Watch for National Theatre Scotland (Olivier Award, Best Choreographer); The Light Princess, Dido Queen of Carthage, The Hothouse and Market Boy for the National Theatre; and Hunter, 365, The Bacchae and The Wolves in the Wall (with Improbable) for National Theatre of Scotland. His film work includes How To Train Your Dragon 2. With Scott Graham, he wrote The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre (Routledge, second edition).
Paule Constable’s theatre work includes Common, Angels in America, The Red Barn, The Threepenny Opera, wonder.land, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Light Princess, Table, This House, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also West End and Broadway), Warhorse (also West End and Broadway),Phèdre, Death and the King’s Horseman, Waves, Women of Troy, Saint Joan, Paul and His Dark Materials – all for the National Theatre. For the RSC: Wolf Hall, The Prince of Homburg, The Seagull, Tales from Ovid, The Dispute and Uncle Vanya. Other work in theatre includes Clybourne Park, The City, Krapp’s Last Tape, The Country, Dublin Carol and The Weir at the Royal Court; Oliver!, Ivanov and Evita in the West End; the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables and the new Phantom of the Opera for Cameron Mackintosh; Privates on Parade, Peter and Alice, The Cripple of Inishmaan and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for MGC; Luise Miller, The Chalk Garden, Othello, Proof and Little Foxes for the Donmar; Happy Days, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Generations and Vernon God Little at the Young Vic; Blasted at the Lyric Hammersmith; Don Carlos at Sheffield Crucible and in the West End and five productions for Complicite. She has designed operas throughout the world, most recently Medea for ENO; Entfuhrung aus den Serail and Meistersinger for Glyndebourne; and Cav and Pag for the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Dance includes The Red Shoes, Sleeping Beauty, Play Without Words and Dorian Gray for Matthew Bourne; Seven Deadly Sins for The Royal Ballet; and Naked for the Ballet Boyz. She is the recipient of a 2 Tonys, 4 Olivier Awards,3 LA Critics Circle Awards and both New York Drama Desk and Critics’ Circle Awards.
Ian’s most recent designs include Fatherland for MIF, Junkyard for Headlong, Common, Angels in America, Husbands & Sons, Evening at the Talk House, The Red Lion, Rules for Living, A Taste of Honey, Emil and the Detectives, Port, This House and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Olivier Award) – all for the National Theatre. Other recent shows: Before I Leave for NTW, Love’s Sacrifice at the RSC; The Nether at the Duke of York’s; The River on Broadway; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway and UK tour; The Machine at Manchester International Festival; Elegy, Roots and The Weir at the Donmar Warehouse; A Midsummer Nights Dream and To Kill a Mockingbird at Regent’s Park; Uncle Vanya and Before the Party at the Almeida; Hangmen and The River at the Royal Court. Ian has been with the Autograph design team since 2009, and before that was Head of Sound at the Royal Court, where he designed the sound for over 50 productions.
Chris Harper is a Tony and Oliver Award-winning Producer. He was the founding Managing Director and Producer for National Theatre Productions, where he produced Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris’s ground-breaking production of War Horse for 8 years in the West End. He also produced the New York transfer of War Horse, where it ran for for 2 years, winning 5 Tony Awards including Best Play; as well as subsequent productions in Toronto, Berlin, Holland, Australia as well as the North American and UK Tour. Chris also produced Marianne Elliott’s visionary production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which recently ended its five year run in the West End, where it won 7 Oliver Award including Best Play. It ran on Broadway for two years winning 5 Tony Awards including Best Play. It is currently on a North American Tour and on its second tour of the UK and Ireland.
In addition, Chris produced a TV documentary called My Curious Documentary for the BBC about children dealing with autism. Also for National Theatre Productions, his credits include One Man Two Guv’nors, directed by Nicholas Hytner, in the West End for over 3 years and a subsequent tour of the UK and Ireland. It also played on Broadway, winning James Cordon the Tony Award for Best Actor.
In 2016 Chris produced Jeremy Herrin’s production of People, Places, Things in the West End. He was also the Executive Producer on the Broadway transfer of The Carole King musical Beautiful to the West End. Over the last 25 years Chris has worked at Birmingham Rep, Birmingham Hippodrome, Stage Entertainment, Disney Theatrical, Cameron Macintosh and Andre Ptaszynski. He has been a board member of the Battersea Arts Centre, Punchdrunk, Young Vic and the Bush Theatre.