Recordings by acclaimed composer, producer and pianist, Nils Frahm will form the soundtrack for Elliott & Harper Productions’ first West End show, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle which begins rehearsals this week. Directed by the Olivier and Tony award-winning Marianne Elliott and written by Olivier and Tony award-winning writer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Simon Stephens, it runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London from 3rd October 2017 to 6th January 2018, with a press night on Monday 9th October 2017.
Nils Frahm is one of the most talked-about musicians of his generation, blending classical composition with elements of electronica. Frahm’s albums include: Felt (2011) Screws (2012) and Spaces (2013). His first film score release, Music for the Motion Picture Victoria, won the German Film prize for Best Soundtrack. In 2015 he launched Piano Day, an official holiday celebrating the piano via various concerts and piano-related projects around the world. Frahm presented a memorable performance at the Royal Albert Hall curated by BBC 6 Music radio presenter Mary Anne Hobbs, and curated a Weekend Festival at London’s Barbican Centre last year. After spending much of 2017 in his Berlin studio, 2018 sees Frahm embark on his first live tour since 2015. The 2018 All Melody world tour includes UK concerts at the Barbican Centre, Bristol, Glasgow and Gateshead.
Director Marianne Elliott said: ‘Simon Stephens’ play, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is full of beauty, wonder and surprise. I can’t think of a composer whose music better combines these elements than Nils Frahm. I have been an admirer of Nils for a long time and I am thrilled to have his glorious music as the soundtrack for my production.’
Julie Blake, General Manager of Erased Tapes added: ‘It’s an incredible honour to be involved with this production, and Nils Frahm’s music perfectly underscores the emotional themes within the script. Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is tender, deep and wonderfully honest in its exploration of how we all connect.’
Tony and Olivier-Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is a surprising and life-affirming new play inspired by one of the most famous ideas in quantum physics, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle and stars Anne-Marie Duff as Georgie and Kenneth Cranham as Alex.
In this uncertain world, who can predict what brings people together? When two strangers meet by chance amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, their lives are changed forever.
The creative team for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle also includes many of the team Elliott worked with on her record- breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time including designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Paule Constable, movement director Steven Hoggett and sound designer Ian Dickinson.
Marianne Elliott, artistic director of Elliott & Harper Productions, was an associate director of the National Theatre for 10 years and directed its current sell-out production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. The first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director, Marianne’s ground- breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for its run on Broadway. Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.
Anne-Marie Duff played the title role in Marianne’s production of Saint Joan for the NT, a role which earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in 2007, and more recently in the highly-acclaimed NT/Royal Exchange Theatre production of Husbands and Sons, also directed by Elliott. Anne-Marie Duff’s many screen roles include Fiona Gallagher in Shameless for Channel 4 and Queen Elizabeth in the BBC’s The Virgin Queen. Kenneth Cranham, who has been a star of stage and screen for over 50 years gave what many consider the performance of his career so far in The Father last year; a role which earned him the Olivier Award for Best Actor. His many TV and film credits include: Shine on Harvey Moon, Layer Cake, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, Maleficent and he has just completed filming ITV’s dramatization of the £25m Hatton Garden safety deposit raid. His latest film: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool with Jamie Bell, and Annette Bening will be released in October 2017.
Simon Stephens’ other plays include Port and Harper Regan (both directed by Marianne Elliott), Punk Rock and new English language versions of Chekhov, Ibsen, Brecht and von Horvath. His version of Ibsen’s The Doll’s House transferred to the West End in 2013 and played at the Brooklyn Academy in 2014. His most recent plays include Fatherland for the Manchester International Festival and a new adaptation of The Seagull for the Lyric Hammersmith. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre.
The producers for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at the Wyndham’s Theatre are: Elliott & Harper Productions, Catherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Aged in Wood Productions/Bruno Wang Productions, Across The Pond Theatricals/Salman Al-Rashid, Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner.
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
3 October 2017 – 6 January 2018