A Number

A Number

3.9 (8) · Contemporary Drama

How might a son feel to discover that he is only one of a number of identical copies?

“Human cloning is under the microscope in this revival of Caryl Churchill’s 2002 play. Dolly the Sheep prompted a public debate about cloning in the early noughties and now that the world’s first genetically altered baby have been born (China 2018) this subject is more relevant than ever. The brilliant Roger Allam leads the cast in a production that’s had four star reviews pretty much across the board from the papers.”


What happens when a father is confronted by the results of an outrageous genetic experiment?

In Caryl Churchill’s thrilling drama, which won the 2002 Evening Standard Award for Best Play, Roger Allam plays Salter, the father. Colin Morgan plays all his sons. Polly Findlay directs.

Critic reviews

Roger Allam plays a father with multiple versions of the same son in a drama that feels like an early noughties Black Mirror

The Guardian

A brief and beautiful investigation into identity

The Independent

Intriguing but overloaded production of Caryl Churchill's knotty, philosophically complex play

The Stage

Polly Findlay brilliantly reimagines Caryl Churchill’s cloning play as a kitchen sink drama, powered by a phenomenal performance from Roger Allam

Time Out

A fine and superbly acted rethinking of a provocative and powerful play


Roger Allam and Colin Morgan give fine performances in Caryl Churchill's nature-nurture debate

Evening Standard

Superb revival of Caryl Churchill's cloning drama

The Telegraph

This play is well worth adding to your to see list

Broadway World

Another evening of complicated brevity from the masterful Churchill

The Upcoming

Cloning drama is less than the sum of its parts

The Times

A dream team dazzles anew

The Arts Desk

The play, the playwright, the players and the director, are all possessed of proven pedigrees

London Box Office

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 14 Feb - Sat 14 Mar, 2.30pm, 7pm & 7.30pm


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