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Sat 15th Dec - Sat 6th Apr 2013

Proof By David Auburn

@ Royalty Theatre, Sunderland

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Proof By David Auburn

The play concerns Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. Catherine had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon Robert's death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office.

The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship? Along with demonstrating the proof's authenticity, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal. Throughout, the play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control.

Venue Facts

Royalty Theatre

25 The Royalty
Tyne and Wear
SR2 7PP 54.902298, -1.395482

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Website: royaltytheatresunderland.co.uk

Phone: 0191 567 2669


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