NVAP double-bill screening of A Number - 2022 production

This free screening is a part of the weekend programme: Re:Play – Celebrating 30 Years of the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP)

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Join us for a free double-bill screening of A Number, by Caryl Churchill. This production was directed by Lyndsey Turner and recorded live by the V&A at the Old Vic Theatre in March 2022.

Set in a near future, the story is structured around a father and his son(s) as they realise that they have been cloned or are clones. This recording is the most recent revival of Churchill’s play, starring Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu in 2022. Playing before is the debut production from 2002. By screening two versions of the same play, it reveals directorial, practical, actorial, and historical decisions that form a unique production.

There is no interval for this production. It is 60 minutes long. All screenings are drop in and are on a first come, first served basis. Please be advised, screenings may contain explicit language and content. Our full list of NVAP recordings can be found on the Archives page.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances, with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to learn about significant performances and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would have been lost. When V&A’s Stratford storehouse opens in 2024, the recordings will be available to the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Header image: NVAP still from ‘A Number’, 2022, directed by Lyndsey Turner © Victoria and Albert Museum, London