The Hard Problem at The Berry Theatre

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A play by an acclaimed writer will be live streamed to The Berry Theatre on Thursday as part of National Theatre Live.

Playwright Tom Stoppard returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

This is the hard problem which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry.

Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask?

Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

Tom Stoppard is famous for writing the Tony Award-winning play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and co-writing the screenplay for Shakespeare in Love, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Hard Problem is on at The Berry Theatre on Thursday, April 16 at 7pm.

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