Operation Epsilon
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Operation Epsilon

Operation Epsilon London Reviews and Tickets

(15 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Resonant

About the Show

Alan Brody’s award-winning play about a WWII Allied operation gaining intel on the Nazi's nuclear program.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (6)

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132 Reviews | 10 Followers
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.

33 Reviews | 1 Follower
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

25 Reviews | 0 Followers
Well-crafted, insightful, touching, clever, absorb

See it if You enjoy history, great acting, clever dialogue, a great set design, the intimacy of a smaller theatre

Don't see it if You don't rate Elephant & Castle as a destination for theatre. Go...you will be more than pleasantly surprised.

37 Reviews | 1 Follower
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.

20 Reviews | 0 Followers
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You enjoy plays about true stories that are intelligent and thought-provoking. I learnt a lot about the history behind the show.

Don't see it if You enjoy more fast-paced shows. This is very dialogue heavy without a lot of action.

7 Reviews | 0 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an excellent witty musical comedy brilliantly executed

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals

Critic Reviews (7)

London Theatre
October 2nd, 2023

“And lest anyone think this subject matter belongs to a bygone time, look afresh at the numerous powder kegs popping up around the world on an alarming basis even now. Peace, Brody’s play reminds us, is a fragile thing, as is a society that cares about civility when chaos all too evidently lies in wait.”
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The Stage (UK)
September 21st, 2023

“Playwright Alan Brody’s smart, incisive play is based on real, secretly recorded transcripts of the scientists’ conversations, which lends a crisp realism to the dialogue. It is an unhurried, elegantly written piece, meticulously charting the subtle interplay of the characters’ guilt, ambition and obsessive scientific curiosity.”
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September 21st, 2023

“Andy Sandberg’s production plays a straight bat, unfolding on Janie E Howland’s detailed cutaway house set. It struggles a little for dynamism...The proliferation of characters makes it difficult to get a full handle on each one, and the scale of it feels bloated...But it’s an undoubtedly diverting couple of hours shining a light on a little-known aspect of the war effort.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
September 21st, 2023

“Well-written and admirably interested in sharing a less widely discussed part of military history, ‘Operation Epsilon’ has been made with a clear understanding of the period and the significance of the events its story surrounds...Morality is complicated, and I'm glad to see a willingness to explore this in the arts.”
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
September 21st, 2023

“ ‘Operation Epsilon’ could be a very static play – it’s a lot of men talking about topics most of the audience won’t understand (unless they happen to be nuclear physicists, anyway), when you boil it down to the bare bones – but thanks to Andy Sandberg’s direction, the talking stays engaging and even discussions about science and nuclei still have movement around them.”
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Everything Theatre (UK)
September 23rd, 2023

"The all-male cast are exceptionally talented, but some characters feel rather underused. However, the actors all exhibit great chemistry with each other and collaborate seamlessly on stage. They create an appropriate tension for the difficult topic of the ethics of personal complaisance discussed."
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Lost in Theatreland (UK)
September 21st, 2023

What struck me first and foremost about this play was the incredible multilevel set design by Janie E Howland. The main stage encompasses a large reception room, with smaller bedrooms upstairs which allow for a level of privacy for certain scenes. The main set, on the other hand, once filled with the entire cast feels crowded, emphasising that these scientists were stuck together for a considerable amount of time, unable to escape each others company. The lighting design by Clancy Flynn is also highly impactful, in particular, there is an impressive lighting sequence in which each of the scientists are introduced. Between their argument the cast freeze, with spotlights held on a specific character, over which Major T. H. Rittner explains who they were. Personally, this was my favourite part of the show, as it was executed superbly by the cast and creative team.
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