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

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:

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


  • Season Ticket Holder Offer: Save £3 per ticket
    A Number is not included in the Season Ticket for 2016/17


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, Times & Prices

6 - 15 April 2017

PREVIEW, 8:30pm
6 April

EVENINGS, 8:30pm
Tuesday - Saturday


Running Time
Approximately 1 hour in total.
This production does not contain an interval.

For Access Performances see below.


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £20

Saturdays: £20

Unreserved seating all tickets £10

All prices guaranteed until 14 September 2016.


Wednesday 12 April - 8:30pm

Saturday 15 April - 2pm

Press Coverage

Please note some publications make use of paywalls.

'a crisp combination of stillness and urgency'
The Guardian

'Churchill's tense two-hander, elegantly directed by Zinnie Harris, bristles with questions'
The Scotsman

'a pair of fine performances'
The Times

'An intense psycho-drama'
The Herald

'A dark and driving production'
The Stage

'A play, then, that is guaranteed to leave you thinking about it long after the lights have gone down'
Edinburgh Evening News

'a charged reflection on identity'
The Wee Review

'[a] genuinely engaging revival of an intelligently written, emotionally authentic drama'
Broadway Baby

'A Number has particular ethical resonances at this point in time.'
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'thoroughly enaging'
British Theatre Guide

'an utterly compelling hour of theatre...it demands, appropriately enough, to be revived without alteration'
The Sunday Herald


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