Essential Theatre presents

The Mistake

By Michael Mears

Directed by Rosamunde Hutt


Direct from a sell-out run in February, an urgent new play by Michael Mears exploring the events surrounding the catastrophic ‘mistake’ that launched our nuclear age.

1942. On a squash court in Chicago a dazzling scientific experiment takes place, which three years later will destroy a city and change the world – forever. Through the lives of a brilliant Hungarian scientist, a daring American pilot and a devoted Japanese daughter, this fast-moving, compelling drama confronts the dangers that arise when humans dare to unlock the awesome power of nature.

Content Warning: Some verbal descriptions of dead and dying/wounded people.

★★★★ “‘The past comes alive - a gripping piece of storytelling.’”THE TIMES

★★★★★ “‘I was genuinely blown away by this production. A dramatic treat.’”UK THEATRE WEB

★★★★ “‘A powerful examination of humanity in the wake of Hiroshima.’”THE LIST

★★★★ “‘Masterful, devastating story-telling. Director Rosamunde Hutt presents the heart-rending tale with forensic attention and gentle compassion.’”THE WEE REVIEW

★★★★ “‘An evocative, well-researched, urgently fascinating story.’”THE SCOTSMAN