The Universal Machine

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 Machine tells Alan Turing’s dense life story from his school days at Sherbourne, his time at the infamous Station X at Bletchley Park during 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 PIT and New Diorama Artistic Director David Byrne with music composed by Night Engine's Dominic Brennan with movement from Gecko Theatre's Associate Director Rich Rusk, The Universal Machine is part of the Alan Turing Centenary Celebrations

We are thrilled to announce that on Sat 4th May we will be hosting a couple of demonstrations of a real Enigma machine, courtesy of the lovely staff and volunteers of Bletchley Park! The demos will take place after the matinee perfomance, and prior to the evening show at 7.30pm. we hope to see you there! 


New Diorama is pleased to announce that there will be a captioned performance of The Universal Machine on Tuesday 7th May at 19:30. Please book tickets in the normal way either online or via the Box Office on 0207 383 9034.


PIT are winners of the Writers’ Guild and List Magazine Awards for Drama. They’ve previously been nominated for Best Director at the OffWestEnd Awards, presented as part of Arts Council England’s Edinburgh Showcase & received the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve for emerging theatre makers.


“A grade comic timing. Fresh, frenetic and very funny” CRITICS CHOICE, Time Out.


“A superb achievement of acting, execution, set design and direction” ★ OneStopArts.


“A masterstroke of a production! Intelligent, articulate & humorous. Stimulates the mind while deeply entertaining you: this is a must-see!”  Scotsgay Magazine


"Innovative, thought-provoking and full of low key humour”  Fringe Guru


“Milk out your nose funny, this show should be a definite on the Fringe theatregoer’s schedule” ★ WhatsOnStage


The Guardian, List Magazine, Fringe Guru, The Scotsman, Fest Magazine.