A Number by Caryl Churchill, directed by Zinnie Harris at the Royal Lyceum Theatre EdinburghBuy Tickets

A Number

A Number
by Caryl Churchill
directed by Zinnie Harris

“Have you met the others?”

Bernard has spent 35 years believing he’s an only child, one of a kind, until he learns the chilling truth. He’s one of ‘a number’ of clones resulting from a nefarious genetic experiment. When he confronts his father, Salter, questions of identity and morality result in an explosive exchange with dire consequences.

A Number showcases Caryl Churchill’s consummate skill in creating brilliantly compelling drama bristling with ideas, and is directed by another accomplished playwright, Zinnie Harris. This dynamic two-hander is the starting point for a powerful debate about the boundaries and ethics of science. 

A Number is presented in partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival alongside a series of talks which will take place before the show:

Online Identity
With Aleks Krotoski and Pat Kane
Saturday 8 April, 7pm

Scottish Identity
With James Robertson and Lesley Riddoch
Tuesday 11 April, 7pm

Nature, Nurture, or Neither?
With Steve Jones and Simon Watt
Wednesday 12 April, 7pm

Me, Myself and I
With Christopher Brookmyre and Jenny Lindsay
Thursday 13 April, 7pm

Think of a Number
With Zinnie Harris and David Greig
Saturday 15 April, 7pm

Buy a ticket to one of these talks and a performance of A Number for £25 and save up to £3.50


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Cast and Credits

Son Brian Ferguson
Salter Peter Forbes 

Director Zinnie Harris
Designer Fred Meller
Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod
Composer/Sound Designer Michael John McCarthy
Assistant Director Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir


Dates and Times

6 - 15 April 2017

PREVIEW, 8:30pm
6 April
£10 Preview tickets on sale from 6 March.

EVENINGS, 8:30pm
Tuesday - Saturday


Running Time
To be confirmed during rehearsal process.

For Access Performances see below.


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £20

Saturdays: £20

Unreserved seating all tickets £10 On sale 6 March 2017.

All prices guaranteed until 14 September 2016.


Wednesday 12 April - 8:30pm

Saturday 15 April - 8:30pm