Ustinov Studio

The Whale

  • April & May 2018
The Whale

Event Information

UK Premiere
Ustinov Studio
26 April - 2 June 2018
No performances 21-26 May

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

★★★★ “MASTERFUL … The UK Theatre Awards need to head to Bath pronto, for Shuler Hensley giving what is likely to be the most outstanding performance to be seen in this country this year” Jonathan Baz

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

UK Premiere
Ustinov Studio
26 April – 2 June 2018

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