Real-life father and son star in Caryl Churchill’s A Number

John and Lex Shrapnel in A Number. Photo by Richard Budd.

                                            John and Lex Shrapnel in A Number. Photo by Richard Budd.

Caryl Churchill’s thrilling drama A Number directed by Michael Longhurst comes to the YV in July. Rated no.4 in the Guardian’s top 10 theatre of 2014, the acclaimed Nuffield production stars real-life father and son John and Lex Shrapnel. Get to know the cast and take a look at their biogs below…  

John Shrapnel in A Number. Photo by Richard Budd.

John Shrapnel in A Number. Photo by Richard Budd.

John Shrapnel plays Salter. He last appeared at the Young Vic in King Lear. Other theatre credits include Hamlet (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Macbeth (Manchester International Festival/New York), King Lear (Tobacco Factory, Bristol), Phaedra (National Theatre/Epidaurus/ Washington), Julius Caesar (Barbican), South Pacific (National Theatre), The Hothouse (Chichester/Comedy Theatre), Hamlet, The Dybbuk, The Thebans, The Greeks, Measure for Measure, Temptation, The Archbishop’s Ceiling (RSC).  John’s television credits include Merlin, Waking the Dead, Inspector Lynley, New Tricks, Apparitions, The Palace, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders, Jonathan Creek, Coogan’s Run, Hornblower, Foyle’s War, Between the Lines, Invasion Earth, BodyguardsBlackeyes, The Woman in White, Professional Foul, Edward & Mrs Simpson, Elizabeth R.  His film credits include The Awakening, The Duchess, Alien Autopsy, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Troy, Gladiator, Notting Hill, Sparkle, Mirrors, 101 Dalmatians, Two Deaths, How To Get Ahead In Advertising, Personal Services, and Nicholas and Alexandra.

Lex Shrapnel in A Number. Photo by Richard Budd.

Lex Shrapnel in A Number. Photo by Richard Budd.

Lex Shrapnel plays Bernard. His theatre credits include: Hedda Gabler (Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton), The Deep Blue Sea and Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Serious Money (Birmingham Rep), Richard II, Henry IV Part IHenry V, Henry VI Parts 1, 2, 3 and Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company), Hamlet (Birmingham Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Chichester) and King Lear (Almeida).  His television credits include A.D., Sons of Liberty, Transporter, The AssetsMidsomer MurdersBy Any MeansEndeavourThe Poison TreeHuntedMinder and Sharpe’s Challenge.  Lex’s film credits include Grimsby, Seal Team Eight, OXI: An Act of Resistance, Captain America: The First Avenger, EmulsionAn Organization of DreamsFlyboysMinotaurThunderbirds and K-19: The Widowmaker.

A Number is directed by Michael Longhurst, designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting design by Lee Curran and sound design by Richard Hammarton. The shows runs at the YV from 4 Jul – 15 Aug. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/a-number

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