A large brick house in the countryside, with a large garden and lots of trees around it


by Katherine Moar
Tue 12 - Sat 23 September 2023
Tickets £20-£40 *

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“It was never about the Reich or the war. It was about physics.” 

Based on a remarkable true story. Summer 1945, Hitler is dead, but the war in the Pacific rages on. 

When six of Germany’s top nuclear scientists – including three Nobel Prize winners – are detained by the Allied forces at Farm Hall, a country house in the Cambridge countryside, they find themselves shut off from the outside world. Their entertainment? Some redacted newspaper, a broken piano and a copy of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. But as the months go by, their attention turns to the ongoing war and thoughts of their broken homeland. 

The scientists’ tranquil summer is shattered by the inconceivable news that the Americans have succeeded where the Germans have failed, that the United States has not only built an atomic bomb, but has used one against Japan …

Unbeknownst to the scientists, during their stay, every inch of Farm Hall was bugged and their every action recorded. This play is inspired by the true events that took place at Farm Hall between July 1945 and January 1946. 

Director Stephen Unwin was previously Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre and the Rose Theatre, Kingston. This production comes from London’s award-winning Jermyn Street Theatre. 

Pre-show talks (booking essential on 01223 503333)
Speaker: Katherine Moar (playwright)
Running Time

Approximately 1 hour 50 minutes including an interval

General Guidance

Performance contains bomb sound effects


Tuesday 12 - Saturday 23, 7.30pm
and Thursday 14, Saturday 16, Thursday 21 & Saturday 23, 2.30pm: £20/£25/£35/£40*
Sunday 17 September: No performances

* All ticket prices include a £3 per ticket booking fee

Assisted Performances:

BSL Interpreted performance: Thursday 14 September, 7:30pm
Audio Described performance: Saturday 23 September, 2:30pm

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Alan Cox (Werner Heisenberg)
Julius D'Silva (Kurt Diebner)
Forbes Masson (Otto Hahn)
Daniel Boyd (Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker)
Katherine Moar (Author)
Stephen Unwin (Director)
Emma Howlett (Assistant Director)
Ceci Calf (Set & Costume Designer)
Ben Omerod (Lighting Designer)
John Leonard (Sound Designer)


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Farm Hall - Trailer

Farm Hall scene at Farm Hall

  • 'A riveting wartime thriller'

  • 'Katherine Moar's riveting debut play'

  • 'Thoroughly absorbing, beautifully acted'