Breaking the Code

Written by Hugh Whitemore

Directed by Alan Clarke

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Performances are 18 - 26 November 2022
Auditions are 1 January 1970
Box Office opens on 28th October

Performances start at 7:45pm, go to the Visiting Us page for more information.


During the Second World War, tucked away in the country at Bletchley Park, the most brilliant mathematical minds in Britain were working to crack the complex German military code known as Enigma. At Bletchley, Turing's genius was recognised immediately and Churchill insisted he was given all the resources he needed in to break the code. His efforts shortened the war by two years and saved an estimated two million lives, but since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him.

When he was later put on trial and publicly humiliated by the revelation of his sexuality, he chose to undergo chemical castration rather than serve a prison sentence, which left him physically and mentally debilitated. In 1954, he died by his own hand, aged 41, forgotten and alone.

Over half a century later, Turing is now lauded as a British hero. After being posthumously pardoned by the Queen, his story was immortalised in the film The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Derek Jacobi also took London and Broadway by storm in this exceptional biographical drama about a man who broke more than one code.

Hugh Whitemore’s compelling and acclaimed play investigates who he was, what happened to him and why. It’s a compassionate and poignant depiction of the life of an extraordinary man, his creativity, his yearning for love and companionship and his deep humanity.

Plays from the 2022-23 season


Cheshire Cats

Written by Gail Young
Directed by Joshua Thompson
23 - 1 October 2022

Breaking the Code

Written by Hugh Whitemore
Directed by Alan Clarke
18 - 26 November 2022

Bouncers (Remix)

Written by John Godber
Directed by Angela Goss
17 - 25 March 2023

Deathtrap

Written by Ira Levin
Directed by Alan Goss
12 - 20 May 2023


Plays from the 2022-23 season

Cheshire Cats  -  Breaking the Code  -  Bouncers (Remix)  -  Deathtrap

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