After its 2015 Broadway premiere Simon Stephens’ new two-hander HEISENBERG:THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE has arrived in the West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Directed by Marianne Elliot, it is the debut show for her new company Elliot and Harper and stars Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham. It’s an 80 minute study of a mismatched couple, riffing on life, love and everything in between. Anne-Marie is Georgie, an American school receptionist in her forties, who jokes she’s an assassin and Kenneth plays Alex, a seventy year old butcher who’s used to being self contained. Both signed my drawing after last Saturday’s evening performance.
In 2011 four time BAFTA nominee Anne-Marie Duff played Alma Rattenbury in Terrance Rattigan’s final play Cause Célèbre at London’s Old Vic directed Thea Sharrock.
It was part of the centenary celebrations for the acclaimed English playwright. Originally staged in London in 1977, just a few months before the dramatist’s death, the courtroom drama is based on the famous case of Alma Rattenbury who was charged in 1935, together with her teenage lover, with the murder of her husband who had been bludgeoned to death. It is structurally daring, mixing the traditional conventions of courtroom drama with flashbacks.
“Anne-Marie Duff is electrifying in this terrific revival” wrote Charles Spencer in his four star Telegraph review.