Copenhagen is a play based on a real event which occurred in 1941: a meeting between the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg and explores the moral questions about scientists working on nuclear weapons. The play debuted in London and later won the Tony Award during its Broadway run.Methuen Drama Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. Key Features: • Chronology of the playwright’s life and work.
• Synopsis of the plot.
• Introduction chapter with commentary on themes, context, characters, language, key words and phrases and play structure.
• Questions, notes and a bibliography for further reading.
• Text notes to explain unfamiliar terms in the play text.
About the Author
Michael Frayn is an English dramatist and has written many successful plays such as: Alphabetical Order; Donkeys’ Years; Clouds; Make and Break; Noises Off; and Democracy & Afterlife.
Praise for Copenhagen…
“A piece of history, an intellectual thriller, a psychological investigation and a moral tribunal in full session.”—Sunday Times of London“Probably the best play about science ever written in English drama. Forget the physics. The greatest experiment...is the dramatic form itself.”—The Guardian “Frayn has seized on a real-life historical and scientific mystery. In 1941 the physicist Werner Heisenberg, who formulated the famous Uncertainty Principle about the movement of particles, and was at that time leading the Nazi’s nuclear programme, went to visit his old boss and mentor, Niels Bohr, in Copenhagen. What was the purpose of his visit to Nazi-occupied Denmark? What did the two old friends say to each other, particularly bearing in mind that Bohr was both half-Jewish and a Danish patriot?... Frayn argues that just as it is impossible to be certain of the precise location of an electron, so it is impossible to be certain about the workings of the human mind... What is certain is that Frayn makes ideas zing and sing in this play.”—Daily Telegraph "A profound and haunting meditation on the mysteries of human motivation."—Independent