VenueSwan Theatre
From1st February 2020
To17th March 2020
What is currently on at Swan Theatre (V136)
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The Whip

But the price of freedom turns out to be a multi-billion pound bailout for slave owners rather than those enslaved. As morality and cunning compete amongst men thirsty for power, two women navigate their way to the true seat of political influence, challenging members of parliament who dare deny them their say.
Author Juliet Gilkes Romero

Archive :: production:T0650076339, play:S893329983, venue:V136

Production details

As the 19th Century dawns in London, politicians of all parties gather to abolish the slave trade once and for all. In this provocative new play, directed by Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage, 2017; As You Like It, 2019), the personal collides with the political to ask what is the right thing to do and how much must it cost?


Company Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Kimberley Sykes
Design Ciaran Bagnall
Lighting Ciaran Bagnall
Costume Nicky Shaw
Music Akintayo Akinbode
Sound Claire Windsor
Director Coral Messam (movement director)
Director Kev McCurdy (fight director)
Performer Michael Abubakar (Chorus)
Performer Richard Clothier (Alexander Boyd)
Performer Nicholas Gerard-Martin (William Purnell)
Performer David Birrell (Lord Maybourne)
Performer John Cummins (Cornelius Hyde Villiers)
Performer Nadi Kemp-Sayfi (Chorus)
Performer Debbie Korley (Mercy Pryce)
Performer Corey Montague-Sholay (Edmund)
Performer Riad Richie (The Speaker/Chorus)
Performer Tom McCall (Anthony Bradshaw Cooper)
Performer Katherine Pearce (Horatia Poskitt)
Performer Bridgitta Roy (Chorus)

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