Ustinov Studio

The Whale

"A deeply affecting and piercingly amusing play" New York Daily News
Rated 4 stars
  • 26 April - 2 June

Event Information

Evenings Monday - Saturday 7.45pm
(Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 May, evening performances at 7pm)
Matinees Thursdays (not 26 April) & Saturday 2.30pm

Please note there will be no performances of The Whale between 21 - 26 May

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

In a small town on the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, lives Charlie, a reclusive online writing instructor who weighs six hundred pounds and spends his life marooned in his lounge. Aware that he is slowly eating himself to death, he tries to reconnect with his sharp-tongued daughter as a conveyor belt of visitors – welcome and otherwise – parade through his living room, but can any of them help him to see a future?

Olivier and Tony Award winning actor SHULER HENSLEY stars as Charlie, a role which he originated in the multi-award winning off-Broadway production.

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.

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

Tickets: £22.50 / £17.50 Discounts

Preview Performances 26 April – 1 May, Press Performance on 2 May and Mondays: All seats £15

A booking fee of £1.25 per ticket applies

Evenings Monday – Saturday 7.45pm
(Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 May, evening performances at 7pm)
Matinees Thursdays (not 26 April) & Saturday 2.30pm

Please note there will be no performances of The Whale between 21 – 26 May

Post Show Discussion: Thursday 10 May after evening performance

Written by Samuel D. Hunter

Directed by Laurence Boswell

Cast includes Shuler Hensley as Charlie, the role which earned him the OBIE Award for Performance and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.

Shuler Hensley won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Jud Fry in the National Theatre’s Oklahoma! in which he starred alongside Hugh Jackman, Maureen Lipman and Peter Polycarpou, and was directed by Sir Trevor Nunn. When the same production transferred to Broadway, his performance earned him the Tony Award for Supporting Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award and Critics’ Circle Award.

Hensley’s other stage credits include starring alongside Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart in the Broadway productions of Beckett’s Waiting For Godot and Pinter’s No Man’s Land; the iconic Inspector Javert in Les Misérables in New York, and the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in Frankfurt. He created the role of The Monster in the stage version of Mel Brooks’ comedy musical Young Frankenstein on Broadway and in the West End.

The Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC, Olivier Award winning 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.

Cast:
Shuler Hensley – Charlie
Ruth Gemmell – Liz
Oscar Batterham – Elder Thomas
Rosie Sheehy – Ellie
Teresa Banham  – Mary

 

The Ustinov foyer and bar are open from one hour prior to the performance.

Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

The Box Office at the Ustinov Studio is open from approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

There is a lift from the Foyer to the Stalls level of the Ustinov Studio. Access to the Circle level is by stair access only.

Full terms and conditions for ticket bookings can be found here