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The Physicists

Samantha Bond stars as a psychiatrist in this classic European farce by Friedrich Dürrenmatt about three theoretical physicists who believe they are Einstein, Newton and Möbius. They are locked in a lunatic asylum and each gets tangled in vicious murders. Amidst all the jokes is a real relationship between a scientist who may or may not be mad and his nurse who wants to save him. The Physicists was first performed in 1962 at the height of the Cold War.

The serious subject behind the farce is what to do with the knowledge of weapons of mass destruction once let out of the genie's bottle. Who controls that knowledge? Can scientists remain free, even in the free world?

The music soundtrack is from Bernard Herrmann's less well known score to Fahrenheit 451.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 4 Sep 2016 23:00

Credits

Role Contributor
WriterFriedrich Durrenmatt
ComposerBernard Herrmann
Doctor Von ZahndSamantha Bond
InspectorGeoffrey Whitehead
MobiusJohn Hodgkinson
NewtonThom Tuck
EinsteinJohn Bett
Nurse Monika/Mrs RoseMadeleine Worrall
Head NurseYonnie Fraser
Mr RoseAndrew Watson
ProducerMatt Thompson

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