Update: As you would expect, the economic impact of lockdown has informed our decisions on what we can stage, particularly in the coming months. With this in mind, it is with a heavy heart that we have cancelled our season of Photograph 51You can read more about our updates here. 

The race is on to capture the secret of life. It’s 1951 and the structure of DNA has yet to be understood, despite the number of male scientists fiercely competing for the discovery.

Amongst them, Rosalind Franklin methodically takes X-rays, endangering her life for the photograph which will change the course of science forever.

Erased from history, with her male colleagues awarded the Nobel Prize, Photograph 51 boldly questions our record of the past, the status quo and the misconception that science can’t be breathtakingly exciting.


“A poignant and important drama that sets the record straight on a central character whose name you may not know but whose name you should.”
– Lead Director, Ross Gumbley