A Number

Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling hour-long psychological thriller that blends topical scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between fathers and their sons.

Play title: A Number

Author (s): Caryl Churchill

Publisher: Samuel French

Publication Date: 2002

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Genetics

Secondary Discipline: Psychology

Scientist (s):  Fictional

Source Texts:  Unknown

Character Breakdown:  2m; the play is for two actors. One plays Salter, the other his sons.

Salter: a man in his early sixties

Bernard: his son, forty

Bernard: his son, thirty-five

Michael Black: his son, thirty-five

Setting: where Salter lives

Time Period: Near future

Synopsis of Play: Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling hour-long psychological thriller that blends topical scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between fathers and their sons.

First Performance Date: September 23rd, 2002

First Producer: Royal Court Theatre in London

Performance History: Revived first by Sheffield Crucible studio in October 2006 starring real-life father and son Timothy West and Samuel West. This production later played at the Chocolate Factory in 2010 and at the Fugard Theatre, Cape Town in 2011. The play was revived at The Nuffield Theatre (Southampton) in February 2014 with John and Lex Shrapnel to huge critical acclaim. It transferred to the Young Vic Theatre in June 2015. Zinnie Harris will direct the play at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in April 2017. In 2004, the play made its American debut at the New York Theatre Workshop in a production starring Sam Shepard (later played by Arliss Howard) and Dallas Roberts. In February/March 2009, the play made its Los Angeles/Orange County debut at the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company in a production directed by Scott Barber, starring Vince Campbell and Mark Coyan.

Review Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/feb/14/a-number-caryl-churchill-theatre-review-lyn-gardner

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/jul/08/a-number-review-caryl-churchill-young-vic

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/08/theater/reviews/my-3-sons-clonings-unexpected-results.html

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/apr/10/a-number-royal-lyceum-edinburgh-review-caryl-churchill

http://variety.com/2002/legit/reviews/a-number-2-1200545668/

Entered by  Denise Gillman/Brooke Sanders/Meaghan Yesford

Production Photos:

Michael Gambon with Daniel Craig in A Number at the Royal Court, 2002. Photograph: Ivan Kyncl
Samuel West, Timothy West: Fugard Theater Studio
Young Vic Theater: John Shrapnel and Lex Shrapnel
Young Vic Theater: John Shrapnel and Lex Shrapnel
Samuel West, Timothy West: Fugard Theater Studio

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