Former Sherborne pupil Hubert Burton (The Last Post, BBC; The Inheritance, West End) is to star in a production of the Alan Turing drama Breaking the Code at Salisbury Playhouse in October.

Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code is the story of the brilliant maths genius Alan Turing OBE, PhD, FRS (1912-1954) who cracked the Enigma code and helped win World War II.  Turing attended Sherborne from 1926 until 1931.

Breaking the Code will be staged from 5-26 October at Salisbury Playhouse in-the-round on multi-tiered platforms, using light boxes and reproductions of some of the original code.

The cast for Breaking the Code also includes Edward Bennett (Macbeth, Love’s Labour’s Lost / Much Ado About Nothing, all RSC; School for Scandal, Salisbury Playhouse) who plays Alan Turing in the production.

The cast is completed by Louise Calf (Downton Abbey, ITV; The Railway Children, Kings Cross Theatre); Julian Firth (Bodyguard, BBC; Strife, Chichester Festival Theatre); Caroline Harker (Handbagged, Salisbury Playhouse; The Chalk Garden, Chichester Festival Theatre; Middlemarch, BBC); Joey Phillips (A Christmas Carol, RSC); Ian Redford (King Charles III, BBC; Casualty, BBC) and Fraser Wilson (Our Tale, The Lights, Andover).

Hubert Burton, Louise Calf and Caroline Harker are also appearing in Wiltshire Creative’s production of Relatively Speaking which runs at Salisbury Playhouse from 4-28 September.

Breaking the Code is directed by Christian Durham (Quaint Honour, Finborough Theatre; Café Society Swing, Theatre Royal Stratford East). Lighting is by Chris Davey (The Constant Wife, Private Lives, The Winslow Boy all Salisbury Playhouse) and sound and music are by Michael Scott (The Wizard of Oz, Her Naked Skin, Love on the Links all Salisbury Playhouse).

Hugh Whitemore’s compelling play Breaking the Code intertwines the story of World War II eccentric genius Alan Turing and his work on breaking the complex German Enigma code at Bletchley Park with the story of his persecution as a homosexual in 1950s Britain. Turing’s story was told in the 2014 Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, part of which was filmed at Sherborne School. Earlier this year, Turing was voted Ultimate Icon of the 20th Century in a BBC poll.

Tickets are on sale now and can be booked by calling Ticket Sales on 01722 320333 or by visiting

Breaking the Code is generously supported by Jim Douglas.