Theatre Theatre classics Drama Canadian Storytelling
"Gripping. A brilliant play." London Guardian
  • By Michael Frayn
  • Directed By Jillian Keiley

NAC English Theatre Production

In recognition and thanks for invaluable donor support, NAC English Theatre and NAC Indigenous Theatre reserve a limited number of complimentary seats for designated preview performances. Often, before the evening’s preview, a member of the production’s artistic team gives insights into the creative process and invites questions from donors.

“But why?”

So begins Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, the enigmatic thriller that details the unravelling bond between Nobel Laureates Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg – once great friends who had revolutionized atomic physics in the 1920s. Years later, the world has changed, and the two find themselves on opposite sides of a catastrophic world war.

Copenhagen asks the purpose of Heisenberg’s clandestine trip to see Niels and Margrethe Bohr in 1941. Was it to rekindle their broken friendship or were Heisenberg’s motives more sinister? This riveting play questions what is true and what is certain, while revealing why things must be the way they are.

Music from albums Solo PianoSolo Piano II & Solo Piano III by Chilly Gonzales

Catch Chilly Gonzales LIVE at the NAC on Jan 18, 2020:

Copenhagen is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


  • By Michael Frayn
  • Directed By Jillian Keiley