Photograph 51

by Anna Ziegler

1 November — 14 December 2019

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

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

Approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes, without an interval.

Event Passed
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'A dramatic, meticulously researched account of the mission to understand DNA that places Franklin, an unsung hero of 20th-century science, centre stage.'

The Age
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Garner is one of the country’s great actors, and it is thrilling to watch her every move.'

Time Out, Melbourne

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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. 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.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described Saturday 23 November at 2pm
Tuesday 26 November at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour Prior to the Saturday 23 November performance at 1pm

Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 30 November at 2pm
Artwork for Gig Clarke

Gig Clarke

Ray Gosling


Nicholas Denton

James Watson

Nadine Garner

Nadine Garner

Rosalind Franklin

Artwork for Paul Goddard

Paul Goddard

Maurice Wilkins

Artwork for Yalin Ozucelik

Yalin Ozucelik

Don Caspar

Dan Spielman

Dan Spielman

Francis Crick

Pamela Rabe

Pamela Rabe


Nick Schlieper

Nick Schlieper

Set & Lighting Designer

Esther Marie Hayes

Esther Marie Hayes

Costume Designer

Artwork for Mary Finsterer

Mary Finsterer

Composer & Sound Designer

Anna McCrossin-Owen

Anna McCrossin-Owen

Voice & Dialect Coach

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