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Old Vic Theatre

Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu star in a revival of Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed play which tackles cloning and father-son relationships.

Caryl Churchill’s thrilling scientific drama returns

What makes a father and son? Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed play inspired by the ethics of cloning is a smart and provocative conversation starter, returning to London in 2022.

Salter has made mistakes just like any parent, but when a genetic experiment from his past comes back to haunt him, his son Bernard must carry the burden. With other sons out there, Bernard realises he isn’t alone.

First performed in 2002, when public debate about cloning was at an all-time high, A Number is both a touching family drama about the relationship between fathers and sons, and a commentary on contemporary scientific issues.

At the Old Vic, Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play Salter and his many sons, directed by Lindsay Turner (Barbican: Hamlet; Royal Court: Girls and Boys).

As challenging and unsettling now as it was 20 year ago, book A Number tickets to experience Caryl Churchill’s masterful play at the Old Vic Theatre.

Sorry this show closed 19 March 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
18 Mar 2022 - 19 Mar 2022
Running time:
1 hour and 5 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+
Audience Notes:
This production contains sensitive subject matter including reference to suicide, violence, trauma and bereavement.

A Number Reviews

10 Reviews
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User Reviews

Just an hour long which was enough. Interesting theme, but I found both actors disappointing. Lennie James didn’t seem to have any range and the other actor was lacklustre without any great differentiation between the characters he was playing. Neith Read more

Performance date: 02 March 2022

Great actors with a believe and exciting performance. Incredible scene changes!

Performance date: 12 March 2022

The show was fantastic. The story and script was jawdropping. It was a great sci-fi play with interesting twists and turns.

Performance date: 04 March 2022
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