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The Bridge Theatre's new season includes Caryl Churchill’s A Number

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Bridge Theatre has announced its new season and it includes Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Paula Vogel’s new play based on the novel by Horace McCoy and Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman with Simon Russell Beale in the title role.

However, the season opens with Caryl Churchill’s play A Number. Directed by Polly Findlay and starring Roger Allam (pictured below) and Colin Morgan, it will run from February 19 (previews from February 14) to March 14, 2020.

How might a son feel to discover that he is only one of a number of identical copies? What happens when a father is confronted by the results of an outrageous genetic experiment?

Roger Allam, who plays the father, Salter, is best known on television as Fred Thursday in the ITV series Endeavour. His other TV credits include Parades End, The Missing and The Thick of It for the BBC. He has also appeared in the films The Queen, Tamara Drewe, The Lady In The Van and The Hippopotamus; while his radio work includes Cabin Pressure, The Government Inspector and How Does That Make You Feel?

On stage, Allam has played Macbeth and created the role of Javert in Les Misérables for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He played Prospero and Falstaff for Shakespeare’s Globe, and has appeared in many productions for the National Theatre including Summerfolk and most recently Rutherford and Son. He also starred in Aladdin at the Old Vic, the musicals City of Angels and La Cages Aux Folles, as well as Art and Boeing Boeing in the West End.

Colin Morgan, who plays all of Salter’s sons, was last on stage at The Old Vic in All My Sons. His previous theatre credits include Translations (National Theatre), Gloria (Hampstead Theatre) and Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre). His television work includes Humans, The Fall, The Living and The Dead and Merlin for which he was the recipient of the Best Drama Performance at the National Television Awards. He has also appeared in the films The Happy Prince, Benjamin and Testament of Youth.

Roger Allam

Caryl Churchill’s playwriting credits include Owners, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Traps, Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Fen, Serious Money, Ice Cream, Mad Forest, The Skriker, Blue Heart, This is a Chair, Far Away, A Dream Play, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?, Seven Jewish Children, Love and Information, Here We Go, Pigs and Dogs, Escaped Alone and Glass.Kill.Bluebeard.Imp.

Churchill’s music theatre credits include Lives of the Great Poisoners and Hotel, both with Orlando Gough. She has also written for radio and television.

Polly Findlay’s more recent directing credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Limehouse (Donmar Warehouse), The Alchemist and The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Rutherford and Son, Beginning and As You Like It (National Theatre).

A Number won Best Play at the 2002 Evening Standard Drama Awards.

A Number will be designed by Lizzie Clachan, with lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Carolyn Downing, music by Marc Tritschler and casting by Robert Sterne.

Booking opens today (November 12, 2019) to Bridge Priority members; public booking opens at 10am on November 22, 2019.

Also at the Bridge Theatre: the much-celebrated Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (until February 2, 2020).