Ustinov Studio

The Whale

"It knocked the stuffing out of me. Unmissable" WhatsOnStage
Rated 5 stars
  • 26 April - 2 June

Event Information

Evenings Monday - Saturday 7.45pm
Matinees Thursdays & Saturday 2.30pm
Running Time: Approx 2h, no interval

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

★★★★★ “Shuler Hensley is SUPERB … In an exceptionally strong cast, Rosie Sheehy is a knockout … Sheehy is one of the finds of the year” Observer

★★★★ “A little beauty of a drama…Laurence Boswell’s sharp, sympathetic production. Shuler Hensley is OUTSTANDING” The Times

★★★★ “A SUPERB performance by Shuler Hensley … utterly plausible” The Sunday Times

★★★★★ “It’s the depths of passion in the text and masterclass in performance that holds you spellbound … it knocked the stuffing out of me. UNMISSABLE” WhatsOnStage

★★★★★ “I am finding it hard to do literary justice to this staggering play. Five stars are surely not enough … If the performance of Shuler Hensley as Charlie does not gather a host of best-actor nominations then there is no Thespian justice. He is truly ASTONISHING” Bristol Post

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.


Tickets: £22.50 / £17.50 Discounts

Mondays: All seats £15

A booking fee of £1.25 per ticket applies

Evenings Monday – Saturday 7.45pm
Matinees Thursdays & 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

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

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

Written by Samuel D. Hunter

Directed by Laurence Boswell

Designer – Tim Shortall

Lighting Designer – Ben Ormerod

Sound Designer & Composer – Jon Nicholls

Video Designer – David Abra

Dialect Coach – Danièle Lydon

Casting Director – Ginny Schiller

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