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Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu star in Caryl Churchill's gripping drama
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About A Number

Every parent makes mistakes.

Salter makes a number of them.

Now 35 years later, his only child realises he’s not alone.

Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play father and sons in Caryl Churchill’s gripping drama about what it costs to start again.

Run time

Approx 1 Hour 5 Minutes

Start date

24th January, 2022

End date

19th March, 2022



Old Vic


Recommended 14+

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A Number cast and creative team

By: Caryl Churchill
Director: Lyndsey Turner
Cast list: Paapa Esseidu, Lennie James
Set: Es Devlin
Costume: Natalie Pryce
Lighting: Oliver Fenwick
Sound: Donato Wharton


103 The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB


Location: West End
Railway station: Waterloo
Bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 521, X68; (Mepham Street) 211, 243, 507
Night bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, N1, N68, N171; (Mepham Street) 243
Car park: Waterloo Station (4mins)
Directions from tube: (7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.

More information about A Number

Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play a father and many sons in A Number at the Old Vic. Book A Number tickets in London on TodayTix.

In A Number, Salter grieves the loss of his young son, Bernard. Salter believes that his many mistakes raising Bernard impacted his child’s life. Usually, there’s no second chances when somebody has passed away. But Bernard doesn’t rest until he’s able to rectify his mistakes. During the A Number play, Bernard speaks to a doctor about the possibilities to clone his son — unbelievably, it's possible. Little does Bernard know the doctor clones Bernard 19 times over.

Fast forward 35 years later, and one version of the cloned Bernard realises he’s not alone in this world. Throughout A Number, audiences and Salter meet multiple cloned Bernards and the different lives they’ve had. Could they all have an opportunity to start over again, or will the initial cloning decision affect Bernard and Salter again and again?

A Number is a gripping play about the ethics of cloning and recreating life for personal gain. Book A Number tickets in London on TodayTix.

What to Watch For

  • Paapa Essiedu plays the sons in A Number. Essiedu is best known for playing Kwame in Michaela Coel’s award-winning television drama, I May Destroy You.
  • Lennie James returns to the London stage for the first time since 2004 to play Salter in A Number. James’ television credits include Morgan Jones in The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead series. He’s also starred in Critical, Line of Duty and created and starred in the 2018 series, Save Me.
  • The Caryl Churchill play, A Number, received its premiere at the Royal Court in 2002. Even then, the play attracted world-class talent: Michael Gambon and Daniel Craig played Salter and Bernard 1, 2 and Michael respectively.
  • If you’re looking for a short London play, then A Number is for you. The A Number play has a 60-minute running time.


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