A Number

Cast: 2m

Staging: Simple set

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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, London, 2002

A Number

By Caryl Churchill

Paperback £9.99£7.99

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Professional Production 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'

Independent

'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

Cast: 2m

Staging:Simple set

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

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%)
Professional Production On Stage at:
Old Vic, London Mon 24 Jan 2022 - Sat 19 Mar 2022

Also by Caryl Churchill:

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

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