(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/8.)

The social responsibility of the scientist was a hot topic when the Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt wrote this play in 1961: this, after all, was a period when the prospect of nuclear annihilation seemed imminently real. But, while I'm delighted to see The Physicists revived, and find it salutary to be reminded of the big issue, there are times when the play seems to contain too much sugar and not enough pill.


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