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Operation Epsilon Tickets

Operation Epsilon Tickets
Operation Epsilon Tickets

About Operation Epsilon

Don’t miss the U.K. premiere of an award-winning drama at the Southwark Playhouse Elephant. Book Operation Epsilon tickets on TodayTix.

Operation Epsilon brings to life the thrilling true story of at top-secret mission that took place during World War II. Masterful storytelling brings to life how the Allied forces interrogated German scientists, who are unaware someone is secretly recording their conversations in the hopes of uncovering vital Nazi secrets.

This electrifying play takes you inside the clandestine operation, offering a gripping look at the moral dilemmas that emerged on both sides. Penned by award-winning playwright Alan Brody and directed by the critically acclaimed Andy Sandberg, Operation Epsilon crackles with intensity. Brody's sharp dialogue, paired with Sandberg’s directing, will keep you on the edge of your seat.

London Theatre’s critic raves, "This riveting and timely history play dissects the ethics of nuclear physics." Whether you're a history enthusiast or simply love a thought-provoking drama, Operation Epsilon delivers an unforgettable theatre experience you won't want to miss.

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Run time

Act One: approx 50 mins. Act Two: approx 55 mins. This show contains an interval.

Start date

15th September, 2023

End date

21st October, 2023

Categories

Age

11+

Production note
No re-admission. We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

19 Reviews

Lady Susan

Lady Susan

74 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound

See it if you like ethical dramas set in World War Two, you enjoyed Oppenheimer or like thoughtful ensemble plays or philosophical pieces

Don’t see it if you didn't like Oppenheimer or dislike World War Two set dramas or are allergic to nuclear physics. No reason not to - really excellent work

Mock-up grown-up

Mock-up grown-up

45 Reviews | 3 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like plays with lots of intelligent dialogue which make you think.

Don’t see it if you prefer shows with more action happening on stage.

Notafanofmusicals

Notafanofmusicals

57 Reviews | 4 Followers
80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy IIWW history and small theatre venues, interesting storyline and good acting

Don’t see it if You prefer shows that are gast paced and keep you on the edge of your seat

Vinu

Vinu

184 Reviews | 20 Followers
80
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Intense, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You like historical infotainment. More than science, this is about the morality of the people involved like the movie 'Oppenheimer'.

Don’t see it if You are looking for an action oriented play, this is dialogue heavy although with great screenplay.

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Venue

Dante Place 80 Newington Butts, London, United Kingdom, SE11 4FL

Directions

Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: Elephant and Castle
Bus numbers: Newington Butts (Stop BC) 196
Directions from tube: Elephant & Castle: Walk south-east on Churchyard Row towards Newington Butts/A3. Turn left onto Newington Butts. Kennington: Walk north-east on Kennington Park Rd/A3 towards Othello Cl. Turn left onto Churchyard Row.

More information about Operation Epsilon

Operation Epsilon brings an incredible true story to the stage — one you likely never learned in history class. In the final months of World War II, the Allies launched a covert mission to capture and secretly record conversations among 10 German scientists working on the Nazi nuclear program. This real-life drama unfolded at a converted manor house known as Farm Hall in the English countryside.

While the war was coming to an end, the Allies wanted to understand how close Germany had come to developing an atomic bomb. The classified Operation Epsilon provided vital intelligence about the Nazi's nuclear progress. But it also revealed the scientists themselves in candid, unguarded conversations — presenting complex moral dilemmas on both sides.

Brody is known for exploring challenging ethical questions without clear-cut answers. In Operation Epsilon, he examines weighty themes like patriotism, conscience, guilt, and responsibility. Sandberg also directed the highly successful world premiere of Operation Epsilon in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2013.

What to watch for

  • Operation Epsilon is adapted from the actual transcripts of the German scientists’ conversations while detained by the Allied forces.
  • The transcripts and recordings from the real Operation Epsilon were declassified in the 1990s, making them accessible to the public and researchers.
  • The production design uses two stages. The main stage includes a reception room, with smaller bedrooms upstairs for certain scenes. Once filled with the entire cast of 11, the set feels crowded, emphasising the scientists' prolonged confinement, as they were unable to escape each other.

Frequently asked questions

Who wrote Operation Epsilon?

Alan Brody wrote Operation Epsilon. Not only is he a playwright whose works include Five Scenes from Life, but he is also an author of novels like Coming To and Hey Lenny, Hey Jack. He has received the Elsner Award, Lois and Richard Rosenthal Award, and the Best New American Play Award.

Who directed Operation Epsilon?

Andy Sandberg directed Operation Epsilon. He is also a writer, producer, and actor known for producing the 2009 Broadway revival of the musical Hair, which later came to the West End. Sandberg staged the world premiere of Operation Epsilon in 2013 and won an Independent Review of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Director.

Is Operation Epsilon appropriate for kids?

Operation Epsilon is recommended for ages 11+ due to the serious subject matter at the heart of this play. The production tackles weighty themes like nuclear weapon development, Nazism, and anti-Semitism.

Is Operation Epsilon good?

Brody based Operation Epsilon on transcripts from the real-life British operation to capture German nuclear secrets, and his work resulted in an award-winning production. London Theatre calls Operation Epsilon “riveting and timely.” This show takes audiences into the thrilling world of science and technology through the art of theatre.

What is Operation Epsilon about?

Based on actual transcripts, Alan Brody's compelling play delves into the conflict between creation and destruction, the decisions that shape history, and the ties that bind us all. In the depths of the English countryside, the Allies have captured Germany's leading nuclear scientists to answer a crucial question: How close are the Nazis to developing an atomic bomb?

Which theatre is Operation Epsilon at?

Operation Epsilon is at London's Southwark Playhouse Elephant.

What is the running time of Operation Epsilon?

Operation Epsilon runs for Act One: approx 50 mins. Act Two: approx 55 mins. This show contains an interval.

What is the age recommendation for Operation Epsilon?

11+

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