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
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First Staged:
Royal Court Theatre, London, 2002

A Number

By Caryl Churchill

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On Stage at:
Old Vic, London
From Mon 24 Jan 2022 to Sat 19 Mar 2022
  • 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.

Set Text: 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 masterpiece... devastating'

Time Out

'A wonderfully unsettling triumph'


'A bleak and beautiful play... one emerges as ever stunned by the sheer breadth of Churchill's imagination'

The Arts Desk

'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:

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

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