Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4
The RSC‘s Oppenheimer, telling the story of the creation of the nuclear bomb, has gained a surprising amount of five star reviews recently, plus a West End transfer. I went on behalf of Official Theatre.com last week, and you can read my full review here.
But in short:
A strong cast lead a weaker script in Oppenheimer. The story behind the creation of the nuclear bomb, the ethics, the growing fear of communism in the USA, life in Los Alamos, human life in the 30s and 40s; these are all interesting topics. Oppenheimer involves them all, which is both what makes its three hours enjoyable and thought-provoking, but also what creates its biggest problem: a lack of focus.
Oppenheimer (RSC) at Vaudeville Theatre: 3/5 stars