Company of Ten’s A Number at Abbey Theatre, St Albans

Simon Gibson (left) and Derek Coe

Simon Gibson (left) and Derek Coe - Credit: Archant

A PLAY written in response to the pioneering cloning achievement which was Dolly the Sheep is the next production from The Company of Ten in the Abbey Theatre Studio.

A Number by one of the theatre’s most influential playwrights, Caryl Churchill, asks the question, “What makes us who we are?” and tells the story of Salter and his cloned friend Bernard who live happily together until the truth starts to emerge.

Director Roger Bartlett said: “At the time many people feared the possibilities of where this cloning would lead. Would we soon be able to clone ourselves? Would we be able to order designer babies? Could we, indeed should we?

“In this play, Churchill wonders whether we are simply the product of science and genetics, or are we actually more than that? Are we shaped and moulded into who we are by our experiences, our relationships and our society?

“This is the central question at the heart of this tragic drama about love and loss, grief and human weakness. It is about giving up and starting over again and it is about courage. This is what really attracted me to the play and this is what made me want to direct it.”

Performances from 8pm run from April 18 to 27 with a Sunday matinee at 2.30pm on April 21. To book tickets go to or alternatively call the box office on 10727 857861.