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A Number Tickets

3.8 (9) · Contemporary Drama

Caryl Churchill’s gripping drama about what it costs to start again

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24 January 2022  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“We all think we are special. We all want to be unique. But, in fact, we all share over 99 per cent of our genes. And how would we feel if instead being special, we discovered that we were just one of “a number”. That’s the premise of Caryl Churchill’s wonderful play, revived by Lyndsey Turner and starring Lennie James as the father and Paapa Essiedu as the sons—all called Bernard—who discover that they are not unique. At first sight you might think this is a play about the ethics of cloning, but its interrogations of morality and selfhood are myriad, as it delicately, sometimes waspishly and always compassionately considers identity, parenting and what it is that makes us really us.”
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Every parent makes mistakes.

Salter makes a number of them.

Now 35 years later, his only child realises he’s not alone.

Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play father and sons.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

James is utterly engrossing, commanding the stage

· Broadway World

Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu scintillate as father and sons

· The Guardian

Ratchets up its tensions and questions to breaking point

· WhatsOnStage

Caryl Churchill's 2002 masterwork resonates anew

· The Arts Desk

Rich and philosophical

· The Stage

Tour de force turns from Paapa Essiedu and Lennie James

· Evening Standard

Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu are wonderful

· Time Out

It remains a fascinating chamber piece for a talented pair of actors

· London Theatre

James does a thrilling job

· Londonist

Fresh but underpowered new staging

· The Telegraph

Essiedu and Lennie James offer a series of delicately drawn character studies

· The Independent

The theatrical equivalent of a Möbius strip

· The Times
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Date & time

Show ended
Mon 24 Jan - Sat 19 Mar 2022,
2.30pm & 7.30pm


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Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
Photo by Manuel Harlan
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