Actress Nicole Kidman has been hailed by critics as “luminous” and “compelling” in her return to the London stage in the play Photograph 51.
The Oscar-winning star plays British scientist Rosalind Franklin, the only woman involved in the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. Anna Ziegler’s play opened on Monday to a string of four-star reviews. Directed by Michael Grandage, it runs at the Noel Coward Theatre until 21 November.
According to The Guardian, Kidman gives “a commanding, intelligent performance” in her first West End appearance in 17 years. “My only complaint about Anna Ziegler’s intriguing, informative 95-minute play is that it is not longer,” wrote Michael Billington. Praising Kidman’s portrayal of the ecstasy of scientific discovery, Billington said her features “acquire a luminous intensity” as she stares at the now-famous photograph that reveals the DNA’s helix pattern. “It is a fine performance in which Kidman reminds us that the scientific life can be informed by private passion,” the review continued. Source: Nicole Kidman praised for West End return in DNA plays