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Not so much theatrical Viagra as dramatic amphetamine. When Nicole Kidman last appeared on the London stage 17 years ago – shoulder-length hair swishing above the body of an inexperienced young lover – she was treated to some critical droolings. Now here she is, speedily proving she is worth another kind of attention in Photograph 51. That she can wear specs without everybody (apart from the misogynists on stage) thinking she is about to supply a “take off your glasses, Miss Smith” moment. A point which goes to the centre of Anna Ziegler’s play.
It was Kidman’s choice to appear in a new play; director Michael Grandage apparently tried to tempt her with Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea. She was also drawn to the idea of playing a scientist, in memory of her biochemist father. In playing Rosalind Franklin, she takes the West End into the debate about sexism in science.
Franklin was the x-ray crystallographer whose crucial work on the structure of DNA went largely uncredited. By the time Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins got Nobels for their research on the subject, Franklin…
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