A Number
Paperback, 64 pages ISBN: 9781854597434Publication Date:
15 Dec 2004
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
EPUB, 64 pages ISBN: 9781780011417Publication Date:
20 Oct 2014
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
Royal Court Theatre, 2002, starring Michael Gambon & Daniel Craig

A Number

By Caryl Churchill

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  • Best Play, Evening Standard Awards

A fascinating meditation on human cloning, personal identity and the conflicting claims of nature and nurture.

Bernard thought he was an only child. One day he learns the shocking truth: he is just one of a number of clones. Together, he and his father confront epic questions of identity, intimacy and belonging.

Caryl Churchill's play A Number pushes the boundaries of science and ethics with an astonishing twist on the dynamics of the father/son relationship. It was originally produced at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2002, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

A Number is a SET TEXT for AS/A-Level Drama (WJEC)

A Number is also available in the volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Four.

Press Quotes

'A Number confirms Churchill's status as the first dramatist of the 21st century... The questions this brilliant, harrowing play asks are almost unanswerable, which is why they must be asked'

Sunday Times

'Caryl Churchill's magnificent new play only lasts an hour but contains more drama, and more ideas, than most writers manage in a dozen full-length works. Part psychological thriller, part topical scientific speculation, and part analysis of the relationship between fathers and their sons, it combines elegant structural simplicity with an astonishing intellectual and emotional depth...What a tremendous play this is, moving thought-provoking and dramatically thrilling'

Daily Telegraph

'Rarely in my theatre-going experience has a new play conveyed such a disturbing or enthralling impression of domestic weirdness that some families may endure in a not entirely hypothetical future... It's an astonishing event'

Evening Standard
Paperback, 64 pages ISBN: 9781854597434Publication Date:
15 Dec 2004
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
EPUB, 64 pages ISBN: 9781780011417Publication Date:
20 Oct 2014
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Caryl Churchill:

Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.
Escaped Alone
Three Short Plays
A Mouthful of Birds
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
Schreber's Nervous Illness
Far Away
Cloud Nine
Seven Jewish Children
Here We Go
Hot Fudge
Love and Information
Caryl Churchill: Shorts
The Skriker
A Dream Play
Pigs and Dogs
Lives of the Great Poisoners
Tickets are Now On Sale
Caryl Churchill Plays: Four
The Judge's Wife
Beautiful Eyes
The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution
A Number (2015 edition)
Caryl Churchill Plays: Three
War and Peace Gaza Piece
Ding Dong the Wicked
Caryl Churchill Plays: Five
Blue Heart
This is a Chair
Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?
Mad Forest
Three More Sleepless Nights
Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen
The After-Dinner Joke

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