Ellen Berman & Operation Epsilon Limited present

Operation Epsilon

by Alan Brody
15 SEP - 21 OCT 2023

Ticket Prices:
£32 Standard / £25.50 Concessions / All Previews £16 / Pioneers' Preview (15 September) £7.50

It’s the close of World War II – the dawn of the atomic age. 

The Allies have captured Germany’s ten foremost nuclear scientists and sequestered them deep in the English countryside to ascertain the answer to a life or death question: how close are the Nazis to making an atomic bomb? The world stands on the precipice of creation and destruction, bound by the gravity of decisions which hold the power to change the course of history.

Based on actual transcripts of secretly recorded conversations – Alan Brody’s gripping play delves into the darkest corners of human ingenuity, exploring the intimate conflict within the hearts and minds of luminaries with unimaginable power. A once-classified true story buried in the archives amidst an epic war, Operation Epsilon is a poignant, thrilling exploration of the ties that bind us to our actions, our decisions, and one another.

Directed by Andy Sandberg and featuring an exceptional cast of 11, this award-winning and thought-provoking play makes its UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse Elephant, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the critically acclaimed U.S. production. Filled with explosive possibilities, Operation Epsilon shines a light on the ethical complexity of scientific discovery… and its potential for catastrophic consequences.

CRITICS’ PICK! – “Equal parts history, ethical inquiry, and character study this is an engrossing, satisfyingly taut production.” The Boston Globe

“Masterfully portrays history and stimulates the audience throughout.”  The MIT Tech

Post-Show Event – Thursday 21 September

Join us for a FREE Post-Show Q&A with Alan Brody (Playwright) and Andy Sandberg (Director). Free entry with a ticket to that evening’s performance. We hope to see you there!


Theatre: Main Space

Mon – Sat: 7.45pm

Thu & Sat: 2.30pm

Running Time: Act One: approx 50 mins. Act Two: approx 55 mins. This show contains an interval..

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

FREE Post-Show Q&A with Alan Brody (Playwright) and Andy Sandberg (Director) on Thursday 21 September.

This performance contains references to Nazism, Anti-Semitism, and other references to sensitive and potentially triggering subjects. Please speak to a member of the team for further details.



The Company

Nicholas Armfield
Jamie Bogyo
Simon Bubb
Simon Chandler
Matthew Duckett
Jake Mann
Nathaniel Parker
Peter Prentice
Leighton Pugh
Simon Rhodes
Gyuri Sarossy
Gabriel Freilich

Alan Brody
Andy Sandberg
Janie Howland
Beth Colley
Clancy Flynn
Chris Drohan
Dewey Dellay
Lucy Casson
David Adkin Limited
Ellen Berman and Operation Epsilon Limited
Brit d’Arbeloff

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Operation Epsilon

RUSH TICKETS: Every day at 10am we will release 6 tickets per performance at a discounted rate of £25 for that days show/s. This discount will apply automatically to the first 6 tickets booked at 10am, either online, on the phone, or in person. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

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Southwark Playhouse has a group booking rate of one free ticket in every 10 booked at the same time, and this discount may be combined with applicable concessions (i.e. student rate) where available. These can be booked by contacting the box office either by phoning us at 020 7407 0234, or filling in the below form.

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