Into the Numbers

Finborough Theatre

Into the Numbers

02 Jan 2018 - 27 Jan 2018

£12.00 - £18.00

Pro reviewers rating
7 reviews

3.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Words... they have their limits. They aren’t the same as the things they represent.

In December 1937, in Nanking, then capital of China, occurred one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century – the rape, torture and murder of 300,000 Chinese civilians and the systematic mass execution of soldiers by the Japanese army.

In 2004, Iris Chang, famed author of The Rape of Nanking, a chronicle of the massacre that brought it back into public consciousness, committed suicide at the age of 36. What begins as a standard lecture and interview with the celebrated author, soon descends into a surreal nightmare. As ghosts from her research appear, she tries desperately to find order in the midst of mental chaos.

European Premiere


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“Chan gives a remarkable performance... Staight directs with great clarity a sombrely haunting play.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Chan flourishes... a great sense of character depth... Brutal in mood and feel, and at the same time, incredibly watchable.”

Alistair Wilkinson (Broadway World)

“Intimate dream-play... works best as a theatrical essay... It never achieves the dizzying feeling of mental disarray.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Chan cuts an intense, earnest, totally uncynical or sentimentalised figure... Absorbing production... Concise, impressionistic.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A thought-provoking but flawed play... The most memorable feature of the production is Elizabeth Chan’s performance.”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“Challenging play... Staight’s production is clear-sighted but often too static... Chan impresses.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Informative, if just a bit dull, but soon things get more interesting if not confusing... Shape-shifting, but not in a good way.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

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