NVAP double-bill screening of A Number - 2002 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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NVAP double-bill screening of A Number - 2002 production photo

Join us for a free double-bill screening of A Number, by Caryl Churchill. This production was directed by Stephen Daldry and recorded live by the V&A at the Royal Court Theatre (Theatre Downstairs) in November 2002.

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 debut of Churchill’s play, starring Michael Gambon and Daniel Craig in 2002. It will be followed by the most recent production from 2022. 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. The production 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 view and learn about significant British productions and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would be lost. When V&A East opens in 2024 all the recordings will be available for the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Background image: NVAP still from ‘A Number’, 2002, directed by Stephan Daldry © Victoria and Albert Museum, London