A Number


From its acclaimed sell-out, London run, Caryl Churchill’s father and son play, A Number, starring British father and son actors Timothy and Samuel West, had its South African premiere at the Fugard Theatre Studio on the 4th of October 2011 after rave reviews and a sell-out run in London.

A Number was written by Churchill in 2002 when the controversies surrounding the possibility of human cloning made regular news headlines. The play features a father (Salter) and his three sons, Bernard (B1), Bernard (B2) and Michael Black, two of whom are clones of the original. The play examines the intricate concept of identity, the age-old question of “nature versus nurture”, and the highly controversial concept of human cloning.


First performance
4 October 2011

Final performance
29 October 2011

The Fugard Studio

Original Cast

Timothy West

Samuel West
Bernard 2 (his son, age 35)
Bernard 1 (his son, age 40)
Michael Black (his son, age 35)

Creative team

Caryl Churchill

Jonathan Munby

Paul Wills

Lighting Designer
Hartley TA Kemp

Olly Fox

Sound Designer
Jacques Toile

Design Consultant
Saul Radomsky

Set Construction
Just Sets

Production team

Production Manager
Jaco Nothnagel

Stage Manager
Keeran Blessie

Assistant Stage Manager
Aimee Valentine

Technical Stage Manager
Juanita Ferreira

Technical Crew
Clynton Sibusiso Hlubi
Kabelo Chalatsane

Graphic Design
Signature Design

Jesse Kramer

This production is based on the Sheffield Theatres / Chocolate Factory production.

Production photos