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Breaking The Code (Acting Edition)

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Drama / 7m, 2f / Unit set Derek Jacobi took London and Broadway by storm in this exceptional biographical drama about a man who broke too many codes: the eccentric genius Alan Turing who played a major role in winning the World War II; he broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee German maneuvers. Since his work was classified top secre...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published 2013 by French (first published 1986)
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British mathematician Alan Turing reports the burglary of his house to the police. Under questioning he tries to give the detective information about whom he suspects of the crime, but the detective can tell Turing is lying and the investigation leads to further questioning. Turing becomes flustered and admits to having an affair with one of the suspects. It's 1951, homosexuality is illegal, and Turing's admission leads to a conviction and chemical castration for the man who had been awarded an...more
Alan Turing is known as the man who broke the Germans' Enigma code during the Second World War. A brilliant mathematician, he is also considered the father of computer science. His personal life also harboured secrets; namely, that he preferred men over women in his choice of romantic partners. At the time, homosexuality was still illegal in Britain, so once his lifestyle was made known to the police, he was charged with gross indecency and forced to undergo chemical castration. He eventually di...more
Jamie Johnston
I haven't actually read this but saw it on stage in a good amateur production. Not bad but there were times when it seemed Turing's speeches were the playwright making observations about the themes and structure of Turing's life rather than something the character would say about himself. Also I felt the play concentrated on his homosexuality as a major feature of his life to the exclusion of his possible autism and depression (which are important in themselves and also arguably have more to do...more
Alan Turing, a mathematical cryptographic genius, who laid the foundation to create a computer to decipher the German enigma code (used during WWII to send messages) is then prosecuted and demonized because of his homosexuality. Turing committed suicide two years after his chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality and 'til this day has not been pardoned for being gay. There is petition to grant a pardon for Alan Turing (, but it's only open...more
I love Alan Turing (learning about him was the only thing I retained from high school algebra) and I love plays about forgotten pockets of history and I love behind-the-scenes WWII stuff, but this just didn't do it for me. Maybe if I saw it onstage, hearing an actor's voice would lend urgency to the words, or if I had read it when it first came out, knowing less of the story, it would have struck me as more daring or more innovative. As it is, I just nodded along, was upset at the end, and when...more
Today, while we know that coming out and homosexuality is more accepted than it was,
we still know that it is not as accepted as it should be. What we tend to forget is how non-existence was.

Breaking the Code is the storyabout “the fall” of Allan Turning, he of enigma fame. It concerns his struggle with how society sees his homosexuality. At times funny
and more often emotional, this LA Theatre Works production is well worth listening
Aug 10, 2007 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I love this play. Based on the book "Alan Turing and the Enigma Code" by Andrew Hodges, it is a dramatization about the man who broke the german enigma code during WW2. A fascinating and brilliant personality, he struggles with his need to break the enigma code and his own sexuality. 7 Men, 2 Women.
I was very excited to hear that there was a play about Alan Turing, but I was quite disappointed after reading this. The characters all felt very one dimensional and I didn't appreciate the writing at all.
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