A Number at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

John and Lex Shrapnel, who are father and son in real life, perform a twist on the same relationship in A Number at Nuffield Theatre.
John and Lex Shrapnel, who are father and son in real life, perform a twist on the same relationship in A Number at Nuffield Theatre.
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A play performed inside a mirrored cube is the latest offering from Nuffield Theatre.

A Number by Caryl Churchill returns to the Southampton venue after a run in London.

The story, set in the near future, is structured around the conflict between a father called Salter and his sonBernard 1 and that son’s clones Bernard 2, and Michael Black.

Leading British playwright Caryl Churchill’s play poses questions of a complex scientific debate – the moral and human dilemmas when experimentation gets out of control.

Churchill pushes the boundaries of scientific possibility to explore themes of parental guilt, sibling rivalry, the nature/nurture debate and the idea of free will.

This production of A Number was first seen at Nuffield in February 2014.

It transferred to the Young Vic in July 2015, where it played to packed houses during a six-week run. The production received seven four-star reviews in the national press, including The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph.

A Number will return to Nuffield with its original cast of real-life father and son John and Lex Shrapnel.

Created by Nuffield Associates Michael Longhurst and Tom Scutt – the team behind the four-time Olivier Award-nominated Constellations – A Number features staging that places the cast inside a mirrored cube with the audience seated onstage around the action.

A Number is at Nuffield Theatre from August 19-29.

Tickets: £18, £15 for concessions. Visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk, call (023) 8067 1771.