A Number (Old Vic)
A Number (Old Vic)
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A Number (Old Vic) London Reviews and Tickets

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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Masterful, Intelligent

Lyndsey Turner's production of Caryl Churchill's intense drama about a troubled father and son.

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11 Reviews | 0 Followers
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Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Masterful

See it if You enjoy Sci fi and questioning inner dilemmas.

Don't see it if You don't want to think too much.

10 Reviews | 0 Followers
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Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like shows that you can't stop thinking about long after leaving the theatre.

Don't see it if you're just looking for some light entertainment.

Critic Reviews (10)

Time Out London
February 2nd, 2022

Essiedu is wonderful in all three roles. Turner’s taut production keeps things minimal, with Es Devlin’s box set an apartment painted entirely in a monochromatic, womb-like red. [This is] an epic tale of a father’s horrifying failure compressed into a single hour.
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The Telegraph (UK)
February 3rd, 2022

This production offers something of a fresh slant, but still winds up feeling ... surplus to requirements. Churchill’s sparse text carries a phenomenal charge of self-centred parenting, insinuated abuse, and resultant resentment ... That doesn’t carry across here.
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The London Evening Standard
February 2nd, 2022

Paapa Essiedu gives a tour de force performance. Lyndsey Turner’s production contains some harsh laughs and exerts a chilly and slowly closing grip, helped by Es Devlin’s boxed-in set.
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What's On Stage (UK)
February 2nd, 2022

This production ... feel[s] so emotionally pressing that it is almost suffocating to watch. It's Churchill's genius that she can combine the comic and the tragic in a single scene; this production serves her vision superlatively.
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The Guardian (UK)
February 2nd, 2022

Lyndsey Turner’s production ... turns this strange, elliptical play from a thought experiment into a flesh and blood tragedy of family reckoning. Essiedu is astonishing to watch ... In his hands, this is the story of a son’s identity crisis. But James wrestles it back to make it one of toxic fatherhood, too.
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The Times (UK)
February 2nd, 2022

'A Number' ultimately has the air of the first act of an unfinished play. If the script continually leads us down blind alleys, it’s still possible to admire Essiedu’s deft shifts in register, from confusion and resentment to bland good cheer.
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The Arts Desk
February 3rd, 2022

James brilliantly locates that landscape in the play where language leaves off and grief and remorse take over. I left the theatre punchdrunk with admiration at the embrace of human mystery.
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The Stage (UK)
February 2nd, 2022

Together, [Essiedu] and James immaculately capture the rhythm of Churchill’s writing, all the little hitches, lulls and sentences left hanging. [Turner] draws more humour out of the play than one might expect.
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