F and I went last night to see the Royal Shakespeare Company‘s production of Oppenheimer, at the Vaudeville Theatre. Immense, with huge contributions from a highly talented cast. John Heffernan, who played the part of J. Robert Oppenheimer, was simply brilliant. A complex character, who, with his friends, started out as a communist sympathiser only to appear to renounce his views when he became part of the Manhattan Project, “Oppie” was truly anguished by the part he played in the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. That was no better demonstrated than in the final scene, when he quoted from the Bhagavad Gita “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”. An ultimately tragic man, who lost his security clearance and, presumably, social standing in the US in 1953 only to regain it in 1963 when Lyndon B. Johnson reinstated him, he was nominated three times for a Nobel prize but never received the award. With only a brief period left in its London run1 this is an absolute “must see”.
We at an early dinner at Cantina Laredo in Covent Garden. Serving “the fresh and vibrant tastes of modern Mexico” we enjoyed in some of the restaurant’s signature dishes. These included Casa Rita’ Margaritas with 100% Agave tequila and their trademark Guacamole En Molcajete for two, prepared at the table by our very friendly waiter. Carne asada y camarones and a nicely aged and cooked fillet steak with a chipotle portabella wine sauce on the side completed an excellent meal and set us up nicely for the treat that was to come.
1. The play runs for eight weeks, until 23 May, only.↩