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Hilarious Mathematical Theatre
Science Museum
Courtesy of Christine Matthews

This October, the mathematical theatre X&Y show asks the London Science Museum… What is the shape of the universe? Is it infinite? And does time have an end? Created by Twin Primes Theatre Company, X&Y opens on 10th October.

Marcus Du Sautoy Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University (in his professional acting debut), and Victoria Gould, Complicite actress and Mathematician, share their 'unconventional love story' involving maths, science and theatre.

If you are thinking what the heck is mathematical theatre? Be ready to expand your mind beyond measure and explore the shape of space. The wonderfully simple set and fantastic lighting becomes (almost) infinite with a little imagination. The maths geeks inside of me was beaming!

The show tells the story of two people trapped in a universe they don't understand, navigating the known and unknown within their world and confronted for the first time by another human being. This unconventional love story uses humour and mathematics in a really clever way to explore some of the biggest philosophical and scientific questions we ask ourselves, with real life parallels.

X&Y is truly a fascinating show that is brilliantly engaging. For more from Marucs Du Sautoy, listen to his views on the best 'moments of genius' - Euclid's discovery of infinity. here

The X&Y show will move to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, from 30 October - 2 November as part of an eleven day festival. For more information visit

Ticket and Booking Information
The show is at 70 minutes long (there is no interval) and tickets are now available for evening and afternoon performances between now and the 16th October.

Performances times
19.00, from 10 – 16 October (no shows 14 Oct)
13.00, from 11 – 16 October (no shows 14 Oct)

Adult: £20
Concessions: £15
Students (16 in higher education): £10
School Children (Teachers go free): £6

To book tickets please call 0870 870 4868 or visit
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When: 19.00, 10 – 16 October, 13.00, 11 – 16 October (no shows on 14 October).
Phone: 0870 870 4868
Where: Science Museum
Cost: Adult: £20 Concessions: £15 Students (16 in higher education): £10 School Children (Teachers go free): £6
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