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RSC Oppenheimer comes to West End in March

The show will retain most of its original cast including John Heffernan in the title role

John Heffernan as J. Robert Oppenheimer
John Heffernan as J. Robert Oppenheimer
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The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Oppenheimer starring John Heffernan will transfer to the West End for a limited eight week run from March.

Tom Morton-Smith's new play will run at the Vaudeville Theatre, after it finishes its current run in Stratford-upon-Avon on 7 March 2015.

Centring on the physicist credited as being the 'father of the atomic bomb', J. Robert Oppenheimer, Oppenheimer is directed by Angus Jackson, and the West End transfer will retain most of the original cast.

RSC artistic director Gregory Doran said: "I am so pleased that Tom’s wonderful play can be seen by London audiences. The epic nature of the subject and the broad sweep of the narrative is something we have always encouraged in our commissioned new work. This is a direct legacy of Shakespeare, who, of course, was once a ‘new writer’ himself."

Oppenheimer opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on 27 March and runs until 23 May 2015.