I can’t believe I’m writing another “Mathematical topic: THE MUSICAL!” post so soon after the last one.

This time, the New Diorama Theatre is putting on *The Universal Machine: a new musical about the life and death of Alan Turing*. Here’s the blurb:

It’s 1927. Young Alan Turing is at school developing the work of Einstein and Newton while doing anything to get out of PE.

It’s 1942. Newly engaged Alan Turing has done the impossible and broken the Nazi Naval Enigma Machine and secured the Battle of the Atlantic for the Allied Forces.It’s 1954. After being arrested, Alan Turing is found dead at his home next to a half-eaten apple laced with cyanide.

The Universal MachinetellsAlan Turing’sdense life story from his school days at Sherbourne, his time at the infamous Station X atBletchley Parkduring World War Two, and his arrest for homosexuality and tragic death. This complex re-examination of Alan’s life and work tells the story of a man who could make machines think but struggled to make connections with those around him.Written and directed by

PITandNew Diorama Artistic Director David Byrnewith music composed byNight Engine’s Dominic Brennanwith movement fromGeckoTheatre’s Associate DirectorRich Rusk,The Universal Machine is part of theAlan Turing Centenary Celebrations.

Defying all my expectations, the show site lists some glowing reviews – apparently it was a big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe last year.

It’s on at the New Diorama Theatre in Regent’s Place, London, from the 16th of April to the 11th of May.

**More information:** *The Universal Machine* at the New Diorama Theatre

I’m intrigued to know how and if they explain to the theatre audience what a Universal Turing Machine is. I can imagine that could be excruciating. Giant paper tape of ones and zero’s on stage ? Performers with black and white T shirts with ones and zeros on them? Lots of potentially awful ideas like this come to mind.