A Disappearing Number

In London, a man attempts to unravel the secrets of his lover. In India, a women collapses on a train. In Cambridge, in 1914, Englishman G H Hardy seeks to comprehend the ideas of the Indian prodigy Srinivasa.

Play title:  A Disappearing Number

Author (s):  Simon McBurney; Complicite (Theatre company)

Publisher: Oberon Books

Publication Date: 2007

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Mathematics

Scientist (s):

G.H. Hardy: an English mathematician who worked in analysis and number theory

Srinivasa Ramanujan: An Indian mathematician who contributed to the theory of numbers

John Edensor Littlewood: an English mathematician, collaborated with G.H. Hardy

Source Texts: A Mathematician’s Apology by G H Hardy

Character Breakdown: 5 Men, 3 Women, Ensemble

Al, Young Woman/Janaki/Surita/Librarian, Ramanujan’s Mother/Gertrude/Barbara, Hardy, Ruth, Aninda, Ramanujan, Taxi Driver/David/Littlewood/Dr. Wingfield

Setting: Varies

Time Period:  Varies

Synopsis of Play: In London, a man attempts to unravel the secrets of his lover. In India, a women collapses on a train. In Cambridge, in 1914, Englishman G H Hardy seeks to comprehend the ideas of the Indian prodigy Srinivasa. (play text blurb, Oberon Books)

First Performance Date: March 28th, 2007

First Producer: Theatre Royal Plymouth

Performance History: A Disappearing Number was co-produced by Complicite, barbicanbite07, wiener Festwochen, Holland Festival and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth. It was first performed at the Royal Plymouth on March 28th, 2007 and revived in 2008. It was directed and conceived by Simon McBurney with sound design by Christopher Shutt, lighting design by Paul Anderson and costumes by Christina Cunningham. Another version of the play was performed at the Barbican Theatre, London, in September 2007.

Links:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-disappearing-number-review-ent-0120-20170119-column.html

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2008/oct/17/theatre

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/17/theater/reviews/17disappear.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=C4C88CD1955B817418551DFA21E25585&gwt=pay

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/255307

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/disnumbernovello-rev

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/drama/3667884/A-Disappearing-Number-Maths-emotion-a-hit.html

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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