It's time for my review of Photograph 51.
I had seen a few of Michael Grandage's productions in the past, Peter and Alice, The Cripple of Inishmaan and A Midsummer Night's Dream, so I knew this show would be great and I was not wrong. This is a very interesting play. The synopsis is: Does Rosalind Franklin know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it? Anna Ziegler's play looks at the woman who cracked DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history. I felt the show really sent an interesting message about how there is a lot of sexism in science, especially in the 50s. The cast were amazing and really gelled well together. The cast included Nicole Kidman as Rosalind Franklin, Stephen Campbell Moore as Maurice Wilkins, Joshua Silver as Ray Gosling, Edward Bennet as Francis Crick, Will Attenborough as James Watson, Patrick Kennedy as Don Caspar. Casting director Anne McNulty really knew what she was doing. I found the set, lighting and costumes all to be amazing. The way they used the stage was great. I did not know about Rosalind Franklin's contributions to science before so this show is a great history and science lesson. However I do feel there is something I would change. Towards the end of the play *SPOILER ALERT* Rosalind becomes unwell and if this were a normal play I would have been crying, however I didn't. I don't know if this was down to the playwright, the director or Nicole Kidman but they were trying to make the audience feel sorry for this character at the end, but they seem to have done it the wrong way. Nevertheless I think this is a great show and I recommend it any fan of Nicole Kidman.
The featured star of Photograph 51 is, drum roll please… NICOLE KIDMAN!
Nicole had so much charisma onstage, she suited this role so well. This role isn't as meaty as the others, but Nicole turned that around and showed us her professionalism.
Now for my final verdict on Photograph 51, I give Photograph 51…
Photograph 51 has two months left in the West End, so catch it while you can!
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Join me next time when I will be reviewing Ticking.
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