Breaking the Code

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Fireside Theatre, 1987 - Drama - 112 pages
10 Reviews
Drama / 7m, 2f / Unit set

Derek Jacobi took London and Broadway by storm in this exceptional biographical drama about a man who broke too many codes: the eccentric genius Alan Turing who played a major role in winning the World War II; he broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee German maneuvers. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was put on trial for breaking another code the taboo against homosexuality. Turing, who was also the first to conceive of computers, was convicted of the criminal act of homosexuality and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments which left him physically and mentally debilitated. He died a suicide, forgotten and alone. This play is about who he was, what happened to him and why.

"Powerful, rivetting drama." N.Y. Daily News

"Elegant and poignant." Time Magazine

"The most important serious play of the season." Christian Science Monitor

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Review: Breaking The Code (Acting Edition)

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

The Imitation Game is not a million miles away from this playscript so I guess this laid the groundwork. Interesting and thought-provoking but not knock-your-socks-off. Read full review

Review: Breaking The Code (Acting Edition)

User Review  - Goodreads

The Imitation Game is not a million miles away from this playscript so I guess this laid the groundwork. Interesting and thought-provoking but not knock-your-socks-off. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
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Section 3
12
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About the author (1987)

Hugh Whitemore began his career in British television, writing many original plays and dramatizations. He has also written for American TV, including a four-hour film about the Alger Hiss case, Concealed Enemies, which won an Emmy Award for the best mini-series. His most recent work, The Gathering Storm, won the 2002 Emmy Award for outstanding writing, two Golden Globes, and the Writers Guild of American Award.

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