This run reunites the original cast of Simon McBurney's production that comprises David Annen, Firdous Bamji, Paul Bhattacharjee, Hiren Chate, Divya Kasturi, Chetna Pandya, Saskia Reeves and Shane Shambhu. The company co-devised the show with McBurney, who conceived and directed the show.
According to press materials, A Disappearing Number takes as its starting point one of the most mysterious and romantic collaborations of all time. In London a man attempts to unravel the secrets of his lover. In Bangalore a woman collapses on a train. In 1914 Englishman GH Hardy, Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, seeks to comprehend the ideas of the Indian prodigy, Srinivasa Ramanujan. A Disappearing Number weaves a provocative theatrical pattern about our relentless compulsion to understand.
Originally premiered at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth in March 2007, the production has toured nationally and globally, including two seasons at London's Barbican Theatre and appearances in Germany, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Ann Arbor, Paris, Milan, Sydney, New York and Mumbai. It received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play (2008), the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play (2007).
The production will be broadcast live as part of the NT Live season from Plymouth's Theatre Royal Oct. 14 to cinemas around the U.K. and the world. It is co-produced by Complicite, barbicanbite07, Ruhrfestspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Holland Festival, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth. Complicite is funded by Arts Council England and supported by the British Council.
To book tickets for A Disappearing Number at the Novello Theatre, contact the box office on 0844 482 5170, or visit www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk.