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A Number

14 February - 14 March 2020 Choose Dates & Book

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

“What a tremendous play this is, moving, thought-provoking, and dramatically thrilling.” Daily Telegraph

“Revelatory production from Polly Findlay”

TimeOut ★★★★★

“Colin Morgan is superb”

Financial Times ★★★★

“Phenomenal performance by Roger Allam”

TimeOut ★★★★★

“Beautifully and also brilliantly designed”

The Telegraph ★★★★
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Ticket prices 
£55–£15
Premium tickets available

Performance schedule
Monday–Saturday: 7.30pm
Wednesdays & Saturdays: 2.30pm
Wednesday 19 February: 7pm

Length
Approx 1 hour – no interval

Access Performances 
Audio Described: Wednesday 11 March, 2.30pm
Captioned: Saturday 14 March, 2.30pm

From the programme

'Not Ordinary, Not Safe'

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Cast

Roger Allam
Salter
Roger Allam

Theatre includes for the National Theatre Rutherford and Son, Afterlife, Democracy, Albert Speer, The Cherry Orchard, Money, Summerfolk and Troilus and Cressida; for the RSC Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, The Seagull, Les Misérables (creating the role of Javert) and the title role in Macbeth; at Shakespeare’s Globe The Tempest and Henry IV Parts 1 & 2; at the Old Vic Aladdin and The Importance of Being Earnest; and in the West End City of Angels, Arcadia, Art, Blackbird, Boeing Boeing, La Cage aux Folles and The Moderate Soprano. Other theatre includes Pravda, The God of Carnage, Uncle Vanya, Privates on Parade, The Moderate Soprano and Seminar.

Television includes Endeavour, The Thick of It, Parade’s End, The Missing, Game of Thrones, Ashes to Ashes and Sarah and Duck.

Film includes The Hippopotamus, The Lady in the Van, The Truth Commissioner, The Book Thief, Tamara Drewe, The Queen, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, The Angel’s Share, V for Vendetta and Speed Racer.

Radio includes Cabin Pressure, How Does That Make You Feel?, The Government Inspector and Conversations from a Long Marriage.

Awards He has received Olivier Awards for Money, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Privates on Parade; and an Evening Standard Film Award for Tamara Drewe.

February 2020

Colin Morgan
B1/B2/Michael
Colin Morgan

Training Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Theatre includes All My Sons at the Old Vic; Translations at the National Theatre; Gloria at Hampstead; Mojo at the Harold Pinter; The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe, Our Private Life at the Royal Court; A Prayer for My Daughter and Vernon God Little at the Young Vic; and All About My Mother at the Old Vic.

Television includes Humans, The Fall, The Living and the Dead, Quirke, Merlin and Doctor Who.

Film includes The Happy Prince, Benjamin, The Huntsman, Legend, Testament of Youth, Parked and Island.

Awards He has won Best Drama Performance at the National Television Awards for Merlin and a Variety Club Award for Outstanding New Talent.

February 2020

Richard Rycroft
Understudy Salter
Richard Rycroft

Trained at Rose Bruford in his late 30s.

Theatre includes The Home (short tour: 48-hour performances of residential immersive theatre about the Care Sector); Christopher Green’s Prurience at the Royal Festival Hall;  The History Boys at Greenwich Theatre; Hamlet at Oxford Castle; and The Alchemist at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.

Television includes Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall, Apple Tree Yard, Mr Selfridge and Secret Smile.

Film includes Bridget Jones’s Baby and Greed.

He also performs stand-up comedy, mostly as the character Magnus Turner MP.

February 2020

Jesse Rutherford
Understudy B1/B2/Michael
Jesse Rutherford

Theatre includes Bed Seven at the Tristan Bates; Killer Joe at the Trafalgar Studios; Cornerman at the Vaults, on tour and at Pleasance Courtyard; Goody at the Plesance Courtyard and Greenwich; Luna Park at the Soho / Zoo Southside; and Chicken Shop at the Park.

Television includes Locked Up Abroad, EastEnders, The Halcyon Hotel and Doctors.

February 2020

Creative Team

Writer
Caryl Churchill

Plays include Owners (1972), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (1976), Traps (1976), Cloud Nine (1979), Top Girls (1982), Fen (1984), Serious Money (1987), Ice Cream (1989), Mad Forest (1990), The Skriker (1994), Blue Heart (1997), This is a Chair (1997), Far Away (2000), A Number (2002), A Dream Play (2005, translation from Strindberg), Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? (2006), Seven Jewish Children (2009), Love and Information (2012), Here We Go (2015), Pigs and Dogs (2016), Escaped Alone (2016) and Glass.Kill.Bluebeard.Imp (2019).

Music theatre includes Lives of the Great Poisoners (1991) and Hotel (1997), both with Orlando Gough.

She has also written for radio and television.

February 2020

Director
Polly Findlay

Theatre includes recently The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Limehouse for the Donmar Warehouse; The Alchemist, The Merchant of Venice and Arden of Faversham for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Rutherford and Son, Beginning, As You Like It, Treasure Island, Protest Song, Antigone and Double Feature for the National Theatre; Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and Thyestes at the Arcola; and Ghosts for HOME, Manchester.

February 2020

Designer
Lizzie Clachan

Theatre includes Far Away and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse; The Son at the Kiln & West End; The Nico Project at Manchester International Festival and Melbourne Festival; Rutherford and Son, Absolute Hell, As You Like It, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Treasure Island, Edward II (set), Port and A Woman Killed With Kindness at the National Theatre; Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court / Abbey Theatre, Dublin / Public Theatre, Off-Broadway; Fireworks, Adler & Gibb, Gastronauts, The Witness, Our Private Life, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Ladybird and Jumpy (also West End) at the Royal Court; Yerma (also Off-Broadway), The Life of Galileo, Macbeth and A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic; Tipping the Velvet, Contains Violence and Absolute Beginners at the Lyric Hammersmith; The Skriker at the Royal Exchange, Manchester; Carmen Disruption at the Almeida; The Forbidden Zone at Salzburg / Berlin; All My Sons at Regent’s Park; A Sorrow Beyond Dreams at Burgtheater, Vienna; Longing, The Trial of Ubu and Tiger Country at Hampstead; The Rings of Saturn Schauspiel, Cologne; Happy Days at Sheffield Crucible; Far Away at Bristol Old Vic; I’ll Be the Devil, Days of Significance and The American Pilot for the RSC; and The Architects, Money, Tropicana, Amato Saltone, Ether Frolics, Dance Bear Dance, The Ballad of Bobby Francois and The Tennis Show for Shunt, which she co-founded in 1998.

Opera includes Mask of Orpheus, Orphee, Orpheus in the Underworld and Orpheus and Euridice at ENO; Nixon in China for Staatsoper Hanover; Jenufa for Nationale Opera & Ballet; La Traviata for Theater Basel / ENO; Pelléas et Mélisande for Teatr Wielki, Poland / Festival d’Aix en Provence; Le Vin Herbé for Staatsoper Berlin; and Bliss for Staatsoper Hamburg.

February 2020

Composer
Marc Tritschler

Marc Tritschler is a pianist, music director, music supervisor, arranger and composer of music for the theatre. He is Creative Director of Music at the National Theatre. 

Still House works 30 Cecil Street and Of Riders and Running Horses have toured extensively throughout the UK and internationally. His latest, SESSION, is an outdoor dance event made in collaboration with 25+ young performers in Tottenham. Commissioned by LIFT Festival, it
premiered at LIFT 2018 before undertaking two UK tours. 

Theatre composing includes The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse; Macbeth for the National Theatre’s UK and Ireland tour; Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Ibsen’s Ghosts at HOME, Manchester; and The Merchant of Venice for the RSC. He was music director for both As You Like It and Complicité’s A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer at the National Theatre. Before moving to the UK, Tritschler held a permanent conducting position as Deputy Music Director at the revue theatre Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. He was also the European Music Supervisor for We Will Rock You Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Belgium and Music Director for the German Premiere of War Horse at Theater des Westens in Berlin.

February 2020

Lighting Designer
Peter Mumford

Peter Mumford works as a lighting, set and projection designer.

Theatre includes My Name is Lucy Barton at The Bridge and in New York; Far Away and The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse; Eight Hotels and The Stepmother at Chichester;  The Ferryman, Long Day’s Journey into Night, 42nd Street, Top Hat and Stepping Out in the West End; The Children at the Royal Court and Escaped Alone at the Royal Court and in New York; King Kong (Helpmann and Green Room Awards for Best Lighting); Global Creatures in Australia; The Slaves of Solitude, Wild Honey and Wonderland at Hampstead; High Society at the Old Vic; Ghosts at the Almeida/Trafalgar Studios and in NY; Bull at the Young Vic; Sucker Punch (Knight of Illumination Award) at the Royal Court; and John, Scenes from an Execution, Twelfth Night, All’s Well that Ends Well, The Hothouse, The Reporter, The Invention of Love, Vincent in Brixton, Bacchai (Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design), The Merchant of Venice and Summerfolk at the National Theatre.

Opera includes The Mask of Orpheus at ENO; Beauty and Sadness at Chamber Opera, Hong Kong; Werther, Faust, Carmen and Peter Grimes at the Metropolitan, New York; Manon Lescaut at Baden Baden and Metropolitan, New York Met; The Damnation of Faust at ENO/Berlin/Palermo/De Vlaamse; Madame Butterfly at ENO/New York Met; Pelléas et Mélisande at the Mariinsky; Eugene Onegin for LA Opera and ROH; La Traviata at Glyndebourne; Fidelio and The Ring for Scottish Opera; The Midsummer Marriage at Chicago Lyric Opera; The Bartered Bride for the ROH; Faust at Vilnius City Opera; and Butterfly and Andrea Chénier for Opera North.

Dance includes Within the Golden Hour and Corybantic Games for the ROH; Carmen for ROH/Texas Ballet Theater/Queensland Ballet/Carlos Acosta; The King Dances, Faster, E=mc2,and Take Five for Birmingham Royal Ballet; Carmen for Miami City Ballet/Richard Aston; and Ein Reigen for Vienna State Ballet.

In addition to his lighting design work, Peter Mumford designed the sets for Dying City at the Royal Court and Carmen at Miami City Ballet. He has also directed and designed concert stagings of The Ring Cycle (which won the South Bank Sky Arts Opera Award 2017), The Flying Dutchman for Opera North, Fidelio for Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Otello for Bergen National Opera.

February 2020

Sound Designer
Carolyn Downing

Theatre includes Summer and Smoke (also West End – Olivier nomination for Best Sound Design), Chimerica (also West End – Olivier Award), Carmen Disruption and Blood Wedding at the Almeida; Death of a Salesman (also West End), Blue/Orange, Blackta and After Miss Julie at the Young Vic; All My Sons at the Old Vic; The Welkin, Downstate (Steppenwolf), The Motherfucker with the Hat, Dara, Protest Song and Double Feature at the National Theatre; White Teeth at the Kiln; Mother Courage, The Producers, The House of Bernarda Alba, Much Ado About Nothing and To Kill a Mockingbird at the Royal Exchange Manchester; Me and My Girl and Fiddler on the Roof at Chichester; The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and King John for the Royal Shakespeare Company; A Woman of No Importance in the West End; Les Liaisons Dangereuses (also Broadway), Fathers and Sons, Dimetos and Absurdia at the Donmar Warehouse; The Believers, Beautiful Burnout and Love Song for Frantic Assembly; Hope, The Pass, The Low Road and Choir Boy at the Royal Court; The House That Will Not Stand and Handbagged (also West End) at the Tricycle; All My Sons on Broadway; Angels in America for Headlong; Thérèse Raquin at Theatre Royal Bath; Twelfth Night at Sheffield Crucible; Kasimir and Karoline and Fanny och Alexander at Malmö Stadsteater; and Tre Kronor at Dramaten Stockholm.

Opera includes Benjamin Dernière Nuit at Opera Lyon; How the Whale Became at the Royal Opera House; American Lulu for Opera Group; and After Dido for English National Opera. 

Exhibitions include Hut 11A: The Bomb Breakthrough at Bletchley Park; So You Say You Want a Revolution? Records & Rebels 1965–70 at the V&A; Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones at the Saatchi Gallery; Collider at the Science Museum; and Louis Vuitton: Series 3.

She has also created sound design elements for Shawn Mendes’ Illuminate tour (2017) and Louis Vuitton Ready-to-wear collection shows at the Louis Vuitton Foundation and The Louvre, Paris.

February 2020

Assistant Director
Hannah Joss
Associate Lighting Designer
Charlotte Burton
Casting Director
Robert Sterne
Associate Designer
Charlotte Espiner
Costume Supervisor
Johanna Coe
Props Supervisor
Lily Mollgaard