A Disappearing Number wins Olivier Award for Best New Play

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A Theatre Royal Plymouth co production, Complicite’s A Disappearing Number, has been awarded this year’s Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.

Directed by Simon McBurney, this outstanding production explores the extraordinary mathematical collaboration between the Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Cambridge mathematician GH Hardy. Through a range of multi-media and story telling techniques, the world of mathematics becomes compelling. The story also entwines the remarkable story of Ramanujan, an unknown, self-taught man living in India, who devised a range of astounding mathematical theories.

The Laurence Olivier Awards were established in 1976 and are considered the most prestigious awards in London theatre. Actress Saskia Reeves co-accepted the award, told Official London Theatre: “It’s hard to remember how the process began, it was such a long process. It started out very small, with very few actors and ideas and it slowly became more and more complicated as all of Simon’s work does!”

A Disappearing number was co-produced by barbicanbite07, Vienna Festival, Holland Festival, Ruhrfestspiele and Theatre Royal Plymouth, where the production was launched in March 2007. It will be returning to Theatre Royal Plymouth in August. Tickets are on sale from Box Office on the 7th April 2007.

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