Breaking the Code

  • by Hugh Whitemore
  • Narrated by Sheelagh Cullen, Ken Danziger, full cast
  • 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Simon Templeman stars as brilliant mathematician Alan Turing, the man who cracked the German Enigma code and enabled the Allies to win World War II. But Turing was to find that the country he saved cared less about his genius and more about his sexual orientation.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Sheelagh Cullen as Sara Turing
Kenneth Danziger as Detective Mick Ross
Peter Dennis as John Smith
Samantha Robson as Pat Green
Orlando Seale as Ron Miller
W. Morgan Sheppard as Dillwyn Knox
Andre Sogliuzzo as Christopher Morcom and Nikos
Simon Templeman as Alan Turing
Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in July, 2003.
Breaking the Code is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

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Audible Editor Reviews

During WWII, the Nazis developed the supposedly unbreakable Enigma Code, which the British had to crack or risk losing the war. Brilliant mathematician Alan Turing succeeded and was highly praised by Churchill and awarded the OBE. But when his homosexuality was revealed, at a time when homosexuality was a crime in Britain, his career was destroyed. Turing eventually committed suicide. Whitemore's play revolves around breaking the code of silence about homosexuality, not really the Enigma Code. Dynamic production by L.A. Theatre Works turns what could have been a maudlin exposé into compelling theater.

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"Dynamic production by L.A. Theatre Works turns what could have been a maudlin expose into compelling theater." (AudioFile)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-07-2006
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works