Somehow light is particle and wave. The experimenter makes the choice. You get what you interrogate for. And you want to know if I'm a wave or a particle. -- Kerner


The first performance of Hapgood took place at the Aldwych Theatre, London, on March 8, 1988, in a production presented by Michael Codron. The play was directed by Peter Wood, and designed by Carl Toms, with lighting by David Hersey.

THE CAST


HAPGOOD -- Felicity Kendal
BLAIR -- Nigel Hawthorne
KERNER -- Roger Rees
RIDLEY -- Iain Glen
WATES -- Al Matthews
MERRYWEATHER -- Adam Norton
MAGGS -- Roger Gartland
JOE -- Christopher Price or Andrew Read
RUSSIAN -- Patrick Gordon

SYNOPSIS

Does light come in waves or particles? Experiment will show either: the experimenter can choose. "A double agent is like a trick of the light," Kerner the physicist tells Blair the spycatcher. "You get what you interrogate for." Dual natures, of light and of people, are the theme of Tom Stoppard's espionage thriller. Kerner's secret research is being leaked to Moscow. Is Ridley the double? Or is Kerner a triple? Hapgood is the person to find out, and maybe it will need two of her. -- from the faber and faber paperback edition

THE CRITICS SPEAK

Review from:
The Denver Post

FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION


ONLINE

The following sites provide additional insight into the characters and themes of Hapgood:
Albert Einstein Online -- Great source of pictures, quotes and key texts.
Big Bang Science -- Fact sheets on the origin of matter.
Spybook Fact of the Day-- Expand your espionage vocabulary with excerpts from the Encyclopedia of Espionage by Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen
Spy Zone -- The "real world of spy versus spy."
The Web Surfer's Guide to the Feynman Lectures on Physics -- Discussion of the "two-slit" experiment.
Richard Feynman Online -- An homage to one of the most celebrated scientists of modern times.

OFFLINE

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feyman" by Richard Feynman
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" by John Le Carre'

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