A Number at the Old Vic Theatre, London
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Old Vic Theatre, London
Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu at The Old Vic
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Caryl Churchill has been called one of the greatest living playwrights and her much-lauded play A Number comes to London’s Old Vic for a limited run this winter. Do not miss your chance to see this wrenching play starring Paapa Essiedu and Lennie James. Book your tickets for A Number now to secure the best seats at the best prices!

What is A Number about?

Certainly, nobody is perfect and all parents will inevitably make mistakes.

It turns out Salter has made a number of them.

After 35 years Salter’s only child realises he isn’t actually the only one.

Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play father and sons in Caryl Churchill’s riveting play about families and the cost of starting over.

Who stars in A Number at the Old Vic?

Churchill’s A Number is a compelling two-hander. BAFTA-nominated actor Paapa Essiedu stars as Michael Black/Bernard 1/Bernard 2. Essiedu is known for his work across stage, film and television. He has previously been seen on stage in Pass Over, Hamlet, King Lear, and Black Jesus. His television credits include* I May Destroy You*, Gangs of London, Press, and Kiri.

Award-winning actor and writer Lennie James stars as Salter. James has been seen on the stage in such works as Etta Jenks, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Coup, A Raisin in the Sun and Macbeth. While he has also done numerous films, James is best known for his incredible work in television including Buried, Jericho, The Prisoner, The Walking Dead, and Fear The Walking Dead. James has also written and starred in Storm Damage, Save Me and Save Me Too.

David Carr understudies for Lennie James as Salter. Carr has also been seen on stage, in film and on television. His stage credits include The Merchant of Venice, Opening Skinner’s Box, Othello,  American Trade, and Comedy of Errors. He has appeared in the films Starfish and Green Street and in the television shows Doctors, The Family Man, Casualty, and The Five. Phillip Olagoke understudies for Paapa Essiedu as Michael Black/Bernard 1/Bernard 2. Olagoke’s former theatre credits include Farewell Leicester Square for Townsend Productions and David Copperfield at the Barn Theatre.   

A Number creatives

A Number was written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Lyndsey Turner. Sets are by Es Devlin with costumes from Natalie Pryce. Oliver Fenwick does the lighting with Donato Wharton providing Sound and Joel Trill providing voice work. Matteo Mastrandrea is the associate set designer and Alessandra Davison is the Baylis Assistant Director.

A Number tickets are available now!

Do not miss your chance to see two amazing actors present this captivating drama. Be sure to book your A Number tickets for the limited Old Vic run now, whilst you still can!

Additional Information

Age restriction

This production is recommended for ages 14+.

Running time

1hr 5 mins (no interval)

Performance dates

24 January - 19 March 2022


This production includes sensitive subject matter including reference to suicide.

Special notes

This guidance is subject to change at short notice as we continue to monitor government advice LATERAL FLOW TESTS & PROOF OF NATURAL IMMUNITY To keep everyone safe, we strongly recommend that you take a lateral flow test on the day of your visit. If you receive a positive result we ask that you please do not attend the theatre and contact customer service as soon as possible. MASKS We strongly recommend and request that you wear a face mask at all times when at The Old Vic (including for the entirety of the performance) out of respect for other audience members and our companies and staff.


There will be an Audio Described performance on Friday 18 February at 7.30pm (Touch Tour time TBC). There will be a Captioned performance on Monday 21 February at 7.30pm

Venue Information

Old Vic TheatreThe Cut, SE1 8NB, London, SE1 8NB

Special Offer

A Number Ticket Offer Details

PAY NO FEES Valid all performances 29 January 12 February 2022 Book by 11 February 2022

Performance Times

Upcoming Performance Times

Saturday29 January 2022
Saturday29 January 2022
Monday31 January 2022
Wednesday2 February 2022
Thursday3 February 2022
Thursday3 February 2022
Friday4 February 2022

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