London’s National Theatre will open its 2010-11 NTLive HD Broadcast season Thursday, Oct. 14. “A Disappearing Number” will be satellite-broadcast in high definition at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., at 2 p.m. and rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

“A Disappearing Number” weaves together the story of two love affairs separated by a century and a continent. The first happens now; the second is set in 1914. It tells of the heartbreaking collaboration between the greatest natural mathematician of the 20th century, Srinivasa Ramanujan, a penniless Brahmin from Madras in South India, and his British counterpart, the brilliant Cambridge don G.H. Hardy.

With a haunting original score by Nitin Sawhney, this piece of startling visual poetry from Simon McBurney and Complicite is a compelling meditation on love, mathematics and the pain of exile in an age when we think we can belong anywhere and have everything.

“A Disappearing Number” opened in Plymouth in 2007 and has subsequently toured all over the world to New York, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ann Arbor, Milan, Sydney, Barcelona and London. Prior to the National Theatre Live broadcast, it will play a limited West End season. Awards include the Olivier Award for Best New Play (2008), the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play (2007) and The Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play (2007).

Tickets are on sale, $23 for adults and $15 for those younger than 19; call the box office at 594-0070 in regards to school group rates.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to