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Publisher's Summary

How different would the world have looked had the Nazis been the first to build an atomic bomb? Werner Heisenberg, one of Hitler's lead nuclear scientists, famously and mysteriously met in Copenhagen with his colleague and mentor, Niels Bohr, one of the founders of the Manhattan Project. Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama imagines their reunion. Joined by Niels' wife, Margrethe, these three brilliant minds converge for an encounter of atomic proportions.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:
Alfred Molina as Niels Bohr
Shannon Cochran as Margrethe Bohr
David Krumholtz as Werner Heisenberg
Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in November, 2011.
Copenhagen is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.
©2012 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2012 L.A. Theatre Works
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5 out of 5 stars
By D. Treasure on 05-02-18

Terrific listen, especially on a Bohr-ish walk!

The narration by three distinct actors is incredibly helpful in keeping track of the conversation. The story of these two scientists is approachable and incredible by the layman in this presentation. Was Heisenberg guilty of working towards a weapon for the Nazis? Or is Bohr a better target for criticism for actually working on the Los Alamos project? Familiarize yourself with a time when two scientists "brought man back to the center of the universe" with their combined work.

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By Gretchen SLP on 11-12-16

Uncertainty in Dark, Uncertain Times

Whether you're a genuine science nerd, a history buff, a drama geek, or just a sucker for a really good story, you'll love this play, which works as well in audio format as it does on the stage. Kudos to playwright Frayn, stellar cast (especially powerhouse Alfred Molina), and Audible for making this available. We are living in what may turn out to be a repeat--or worse--of the darkness and uncertainty faced by these two physicists and their families/countrymen, so we'd do well to study up on the history of how and why we got to this place, and Copenhagen is a brilliant, engaging way to begin. You will want to listen to this one in one sitting. Grade: A+

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By hfffoman on 03-14-14

Somewhat experimental but interesting

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This small play has an experimental feel. Not only is it a hypothetical view of historic conversations between theoretical physicists but the characters are revisiting their lives from the grave and repeating the main scene with different interpretations. As a piece of experimental theatre I am not convinced it is a great success but as an intelligent and well written historical perspective it is worth listening to, especially for someone like me who likes physics.

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