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Breaking the Code

by Hugh Whitemore A Wiltshire Creative production
5 - 26 October 2019 In the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse
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Saturday 5 - Saturday 26 October at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.15pm


At the height of the Second World War eccentric genius Alan Turing was breaking the complex German code, Enigma, at Bletchley Park. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was later put on trial and publicly humiliated by the revelation of his sexuality. Hugh Whitemore’s compelling play intertwines an account of Turing’s most heroic hour with that of his betrayal by the nation he had helped in its darkest hour. Turing’s story went on to be told in the 2014 Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Alan Turing was recently voted Greatest Icon of the 20th Century and will be the face of the new £50 note.

★★★★ "Compelling theatre" The Times

"Riveting, moving, fantastic" audience comment

"Gripping and very emotional" audience comment

"Outstanding" audience comment

"Totally engaging" audience comment


Generously supported by Jim Douglas

Booking Details

Tickets £29 - £17

Access Performances


Captioned Performance 
Captioned performance Wednesday 23 October at 7.30pm
(speech is relayed live onto a screen, similar to television subtitles and ideal for those who may find it difficult hearing every word)


Audio Described 
Audio Description & Touch Tour Thursday 24 October at 2.15pm & 7.30pm
(a live narrator describes the action on stage between the dialogue, via headphones)
Touch Tours (accompanying audio described performances, designed for blind or partially sighted audience members) the touch tours will start 90 minutes before the performance time


British Sign Language performance Friday 25 October at 7.30pm
​(an interpreter stands at the side of the stage)

Cast & Creatives

Breaking the Code cast

Director Christian Durham

Designer James Button

Lighting Designer Chris Davey

Sound & Music Michael Scott

Voice and Dialect Coach Sian Radinger

Casting Director Gabrielle Dawes CDG

Further Information

Breaking the Code actors Edward Bennett and Julian Firth in conversation