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Copenhagen, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, BBC Radio 3, today
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Greta Scacchi as Margrethe Bohr, Simon Russell Beale as Niels Bohr and Benedict Cumberbatch as Werner Heisenberg.
Photo credit: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-01-11/benedict-cumberbatch-on-fame-science-and-his-new-radio-3-play-copenhagen

Benedict Cumberbatch will be starring in a BBC Radio 3 Play, Copenhagen, airing today (Sunday 13 January) at 8.30pm.

I have not yet heard this version of the play. Science and nuclear physics are really NOT my thing. What I will say is that I saw the original production of the play at the National Theatre and I loved it. I then took friends to see the play, both at the National and when it was revived in the West End. Even if you don't really "do" science - I definitely don't! - the play is intriguing because it looks at individuals, friendship and relationships, and this conversation and meeting affected the course of history. For those reasons, and of course because Benedict is starring in the play, I am highly recommending this, even though it is on the radio and it focuses on science - there is a first time for everything!

Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Copenhagen

Benedict Cumberbatch, Greta Scacchi and Simon Russell Beale star in Michael Frayn's award-winning play about the controversial 1941 meeting between physicists Bohr and Heisenberg.

Copenhagen, Autumn 1941. The two presiding geniuses of quantum physics, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg meet for the first time since the breakout of war.

Danish physicist Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, live in Nazi-occupied Denmark; their visitor, Heisenberg, is German. Two old friends, now on opposing sides, who between them have the ability to change the course of history.

But why has Heisenberg - Bohr's former protégé - come to Copenhagen?

Michael Frayn's Tony award-winning play imagines the three characters re-drafting the events of 1941 in an attempt to make sense of them. A powerful exploration of the uncertainties of human memory and motivation.

The official BBC webpage for the programme is here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ppwn6

Benedict gave an interview in the Radio Times about the play "Benedict Cumberbatch on fame, science and his new Radio 3 play, Copenhagen". Follow the link to read the piece:
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-01-11/benedict-cumberbatch-on-fame-science-and-his-new-radio-3-play-copenhagen

Follow the link to the Director's blog on the play:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio3/2013/01/copenhagen---the-directors-blo.shtml

Background Information

Cut and pasted from the National Theatre Website:

Copenhagen
A new play by Michael Frayn (1998)


Winner of the 1998 Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Play.

In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. They were old friends, and their work together had opened the way into the atom. But now they were on opposite sides of a world war, and the meeting ended in disaster.

Scientists and historians have argued ever since about why Heisenberg went, and what the two men said.

Copenhagen retraces their journey through the mysteries of the world around us - and on into the even stranger mysteries of the world within.

Follow the link to the full details:
https://microsites.nationaltheatre.org.uk/1291/productions/copenhagen.html

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I fear that, interesting though this sounds, two hours of audio only even with this great cast is probably more than I can focus upon. Will need to see if I can carve out the time to listen to it on iPlayer in small 'Cabin Pressure' sized sections. :-)

Sneaky confession. I haven't had the time to listen to it either. And I am very visual - I like to see an actor's face and his/her movement. Having seen it on the stage a few times, a radio version just does not appeal. :(

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