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a new play by Lucy Kirkwood

Now playing
Running Time: about 2 hours 50 mins, including 20-minute interval


Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron Collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson.

Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.

When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens them all with chaos.

Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams play the sisters in this new drama from Chimerica writer Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Rufus Norris.

Please note: in order to ensure as many people as possible can buy tickets, there is a ticket limit of two per customer for this show.


Production supported by Winton Philanthropies and Rosetrees Trust. This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award.


Talks and events

Semiconductor – creating scientific art Fri 21 July, 6pm
Lucy Kirkwood and Rufus Norris Thu 7 Sep, 6pm
On Screen: Particle Fever Mon 11 Sep, 5.30pm
Designing Mosquitoes Mon 25 Sep, 10.30am
Making Mosquitoes with designer Katrina Lindsay Mon 25 Sep, 5.45pm  
Distrusting Science Thu 21 Sep, 6pm
Theatre Dialogue Club: Mosquitoes Thu 28 Sep, 7.15pm


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Sofia Barclay
Amanda Boxer
Gavriella Bastianelli / Policewoman
Cait Davis
Journalist / Sonographer
Vanessa Emme
Yoli Fuller
Paul Hilton
The Boson
Paul Hilton
Security Guard
Ira Mandela Siobhan

Production team

Access performances

Access performances


Captioned performances:
Monday 11 September, 7.30pm
Wednesday 13 September, 2.30pm
Wednesday 27 September, 7.30pm
Captioned performances have subtitles on screens at the front of the auditorium so that deaf, hard of hearing or non-english speaking people can also enjoy the performance.

Audio-described performances:
Friday 15 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 16 September, 2.30pm (Touch Tour 1pm)
These performances have a live audio-description of what is happening onstage that can be heard through headphones. This is so that blind or visually impaired people can also enjoy the performance. A Touch Tour is for blind people to touch the set to familiarise themselves ahead of the performance.

Photography by David Stewart

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