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The tragedy of Robert Oppenheimer

A new play about the scientist who built the Bomb shows how he sacrificed his conscience to win the war

By Sameer Rahim  

John Heffernan as J Robert Oppenheimer in Tom Morton-Smith's Oppenheimer. © Keith Pattison

As negotiations with Iran continue over its atomic capability, there is no better time to revisit the story of the man who built the first Bomb: American physicist J Robert Oppenheimer. This week Tom Morton-Smith’s play about the leader of the Manhattan Project transferred from Stratford to the Vaudeville Theatre in London. Oppenheimer is a gripping drama that does well at explaining the physics (so…

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