‘A beautiful, tender,
and surprising play.’

The Stage

Nadine Garner returns to the MTC stage in this moving West End hit, directed by Pamela Rabe.

Rosalind Franklin was one of the great scientists of the 20th Century. In 1952 she used X-ray diffraction photography to examine the intricate structure of DNA, but her trail-blazing work was never recognised. The scientific establishment at King’s College London simply could not cope with her genius, her self-confidence or her stern disregard for authority. Threatened by her brilliance, Franklin’s rivals scandalously stole her research and were awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering the double helix.

A massive hit on the West End, Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 relives the chase to find ‘the secret of life’ amidst all the inherent ambition, sexism and isolation of the 1950s, while shining a spotlight on an unsung hero. This intriguing new play is a moving portrait of a brilliant British scientist, and a delicate exploration of what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.

MTC favourite Nadine Garner (Di and Viv and Rose) returns to the stage as the fiercely independent Rosalind Franklin, directed by Pamela Rabe (Jumpy) for this Australian Premiere production.

‘A triumph.’
The Telegraph

Actor Nadine Garner and Director Pamela Rabe discuss Photograph 51.

Cast & Crew

Nadine Garner

Nadine Garner

Rosalind Franklin

Pamela Rabe

Pamela Rabe


Nick Schlieper

Nick Schlieper

Set & Lighting Designer


Attendance Information

  • For detailed information about the production’s content click here.

    Further details regarding this production’s content will be available closer to the season. Please call our box office on (03) 8688 0800 for more information.

  • Hearing Assistance Wheelchair accessible Audio Description Tactile Tour Open Captioning

    Photograph 51 will be Audio Described on Saturday 23 November, 2pm and Tuesday 26 November, 6.30pm, with a tactile tour at 1pm prior to the Saturday performance.

    Captions are available via a screen for the 2pm performance on Saturday 30 November.

    You can learn more about access services at MTC here.