Father and son John and Lex Shrapnel star in the London transfer of Caryl Churchill’s A Number at the Young Vic.

Directed by Michael Longhurst, the Shrapnels reprise their roles in the production after receiving critical acclaim for their performances when it opened at Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre in 2014.

The play, which examines a father-son relationship, follows the story of Bernard, who is forced to confront his father – and his own fears – when he discovers that he is one of a number of clones and not the only child that he was brought up to believe he was.

A Number marks John’s return to the Young Vic for the first time since 2008’s King Lear, while his son Lex makes his Young Vic debut in the play, returning to the London stage following his performance in Jonathan Kent’s production of the same Shakespearean tragedy at the Almeida Theatre.

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