Alan Turing, the gifted mathematician and logician, is the subject of a new play at the Apollo Theatre entitled ‘Breaking the Code’, which opens on 4th February.
Turing is justly famous for the work he undertook at Bletchley Park during World War II, where his team succeeded in cracking the Enigma Code developed by the Nazis. As a result, for a period of time, the allied forces had the huge advantage of gaining access to the enemy’s secret messages.
While it may be slightly overstating the case to say Turing single-handedly won the war – though it has been said – his genius certainly made a vital contribution to the allied victory.
Yet far from being celebrated and showered with honours, Alan Turing died alone and vilified, because he broke another code by being gay at a time when homosexuality was not just seen as immoral but was illegal. Persecuted and prosecuted, Turing was forced to undergo horrific and humiliating ‘treatments’ until he eventually died from poisoning.
Breaking the Code tells his triumphant, traumatic and ultimately tragic story. It runs at the Apollo from 4th to 12th February (not Sunday or Monday) at 19:30. Tickets are available from the website at https://www.apollo-theatre.org.uk/breaking-the-code/ or by calling the Box Office on 01983 210010.
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