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Ustinov Studio

UK PREMIERE Presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Ben Limberg, Joel Stillerman & Empire Street Productions

The Whale

by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Laurence Boswell

26 April - 26 May 2018

The Whale

The Whale


WINNER - 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Best Play

WINNER - 2013 Drama Desk Special Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre

WINNER - 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding New York Theatre

In a small town on the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, Charlie, a reclusive online writing instructor, lives marooned on a couch. Weighing in at six hundred pounds, he is slowly eating himself to death.

But redemption may be within reach as he tries to reconnect with his sharp-tongued daughter, estranged from him for 15 years. A conveyor belt of visitors – welcome and otherwise - move through his living room, from his friend and nurse Liz, the sister of his deceased boyfriend, to Elder Thomas, a hopeful young missionary and Mary, his ex-wife. Can any of them help him to see a future?

The Whale, an Off-Broadway smash hit, is the huge-hearted and fiercely funny story of a father’s final chance at salvation, and of finding hope and beauty in the most unexpected places.

The Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC, Olivier Awardwinning Laurence Boswell returns to direct The Whale, following the West End transfers of The Mentor and Trouble in Mind. Both shows received their UK premieres in Bath and played to a raft of superlative reviews.

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     4 Star Rating A deeply affecting and piercingly amusing play...Leaves an emotional wallop in its wake - New York Daily News

     4 Star Rating Sharp and funny ... harrowingly good - Time Out New York, Critic’s Pick

     4 Star Rating Beautifully devastating… lean, raw and vital - Chicago Tribune

    Riveting... an impassioned and arresting clash of minds and emotions. I was glued to the stage - New York Observer

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    Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
    Thurs Matinees: 2.30pm (not 26th April)
    Sat Matinees: 2.30pm
    Press Performance: Wednesday 2nd May 7pm

    Post Show Discussion: Thursday 10th May after evening performance

    Tickets: £22.50 / £17.50 Discounts
    Preview Performances 26th April - 1st May, Press Performance on 2nd May and Mondays: All seats £15

    Associates: 21st October
    Friends: 23rd October
    Postal Subscriptions: 30th October
    Postal: 31st October
    Online Booking: 2nd November
    Groups: 3rd November
    Telephone & Counter Bookings: 6th November

    Please note: from Monday 24th April 2017, all prices in the Main House and Ustinov Studio incur a booking fee of £1.25 per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked. Please note all prices in the egg theatre incur a booking fee of 50p per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked.  

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