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Win tickets to A Disappearing Number

Following its triumph at the Barbican last year, multi-award winning play A Disappearing Number returns by popular demand. It is inspired by the collaboration between English mathematician GH Hardy and Indian prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan — one of the most mysterious and romantic mathematical collaborations of all time.

It’s a story about connections between ideas, cultures, and times, crossing three continents and several histories. In London, a man attempts to unravel the secrets of his lover. In Bangalore, a woman collapses on a train. In Cambridge in 1914, Professor GH Hardy seeks to comprehend the ideas of Srinivasa Ramanujan. Simultaneously a narrative and an investigation, A Disappearing Number weaves a provocative theatrical pattern about our relentless compulsion to understand. Conceived and directed by Simon McBurney, with original music by Nitin Sawhney, A Disappearing Number runs from 10 October to 1 November at the Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.

To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to see A Disappearing Number on Saturday 11 October, please answer the question below and e-mail your answer to readeroffer@actuaries.org.uk together with your contact details. The closing date for entries is 2pm on Friday 19 September. The editor’s decision is final.

Question: Who wrote the music for A Disappearing Number?

For full details about A Disappearing Number or to purchase tickets, please visit www.barbican.org.uk/bite or call 0845 120 7515.


Terms and conditions
1 The promoter is the UK Actuarial Profession.
2 Entry is open to members of the UK Actuarial Profession. No purchase necessary.
3 The prize is two tickets to see the evening performance of A Disappearing Number on 11 October 2008 at The Barbican Theatre, London. Tickets cannot be exchanged for a different performance and there is no cash alternative.
4 Completed entries must be received by 2pm on 19 September 2008.
5 Only one entry will be accepted per person.
6 The winner will be decided by a random draw from the correct entries received by the closing date.
7 The winner will be notified by e-mail on 22 September 2008 and the winner’s name announced in the November 2008 edition of The Actuary.
8 The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
9 Employees of organisations connected with this competition are not eligible for entry.
10 The Actuarial Profession reserves the right to use the winner’s name in promotional materials.