The UK premiere of

The Whipping Man

A Theatre Royal Plymouth Production by Matthew Lopez


Thursday 17 September - Saturday 3 October 2015 Download Calendar

The Drum


Why is this night different from all other nights?

1865, Richmond, Virginia. In the aftermath of the Civil War, a wounded master and his two former slaves are reunited at the remains of their family home. As the days unfold and the men battle with their pasts, they are forced to make shocking sacrifices and reveal their darkest secrets. When war has raged through a community haunted by slavery, can anyone remain truly innocent?

The Whipping Man is a powerful and enthralling play about choice, hope and what it means to be free.

Winner of the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the New York Outer Critics Circle

Recommended for everyone aged 14+

Post Show Q&A: Wed 23 & Wed 30 Sep

★★★★ – “Thought-provoking and gripping”
The Stage

★★★★★ – “A superb performance. A must-see.”
The Cornish Guardian

★★★★ – “Tom Attenborough’s direction pitches the balance perfectly between hope and hopelessness and timing is spot on.”
The Public Reviews

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Gary Beadle

Gary Beadle

Sope Dirisu

Sope Dirisu

James Northcote

James Northcote

Interview with Tom Attenborough, director of The Whipping Man

The Whipping Man is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Pricing & Concessions

Previews – Thursday 17th Saturday 19th September

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All performances from Monday 21st September

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Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee.


Haunting, striking, and powerful

The New York Times

Lopez’s drama has undeniable power

Time Out New York

Fresh and compelling. Gripping

Daily News



James Northcote – Caleb

James Northcote plays Caleb. His theatre credits include Translations (Sheffield Theatres). Lizzie Siddal (Arcola Theatre), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse) and Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre). For television, his work includes Life in Squares, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Endeavour and Silk; and for film, Patient Zero, The Imitation Game, Nymphomaniac, Belle, Anna Karenina and Wuthering Heights.

Gary Beadle – Simon

Gary Beadle plays Simon. His theatre work includes We Know Where You Live (Finborough Theatre), The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco (Gate Theatre), Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre), Sucker Punch, God’s Second in Command (Royal Court), Family Man, Alterations (Stratford East), Top Dog Under Dog (Sheffield Crucible),_ Welcome Home Jacko_ (BTC New York) and Moby Dick (Royal Exchange Manchester). For television, his credits include The Interceptor, Doctors (series regular), Hustle, Little Britain, EastEnders (as series regular Paul Trueman) and Absolutely Fabulous; and for film, In the Heart of the Sea, Til Death Do Us Part, Wit, The Imitators, Driven and Playing Away.

Sope Dirisu – John

Sope Dirisu plays John. His theatre credits include Pericles (Royal Shakespeare Company), Tory Boyz, Romeo & Juliet, Prince Of Denmark and Our Days Of Rage (National Youth Theatre). His television credits include Siblings, The Casual Vacancy, Humans, The Mill (Series regular) and Utopia. His film credits include The Huntsman, Criminal Fire, Circles and Water Lilly.

Creative Team

Matthew Lopez – Writer

Matthew Lopez’s plays include Somewhere, Reverberation, The Legend of Georgia McBride and The Sentinels. He was awarded the John Gassner New Play Award from the New York Outer Critics Circle for the The Whipping Man. The Whipping Man premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club and has since become one of the most widely-produced new American plays with productions at over 100 U.S. theatres. Matthew currently holds new play commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage, and South Coast Rep and is currently the Denver Center’s inaugural Playwriting Fellow. Matthew was a staff writer on HBO’s The Newsroom and has recently adapted Javier Marias’ trilogy Your Face Tomorrow for the screen.

Tom Attenborough – Director

Theatre as Director includes: The Wasp (Hampstead); Cinderella and the Beanstalk (Theatre503); Richard III (East 15); The 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic); Abigail’s Party (Theatre Royal Bath UK Tour); The President and the Pakistani (Waterloo East); Step 9 (of 12) (Trafalgar Studios); The Shape of Things (Gallery Soho); Port Authority (Southwark Playhouse); Arab Spring (Arch 61); The Gentleman Usher, Ivor & I, Charley’s Aunt (MCS Oxford); The Mountaintop (Derby Live).

Theatre as Assistant or Associate Director includes: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park); Wonderland (Hampstead); Hay Fever,_ Relatively Speaking_, Master Class (Theatre Royal Bath / West End); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui_, Love Story_ (Minerva, Chichester / West End); Noises Off (Old Vic UK Tour); Abigail’s Party (Menier / West End); Earthquakes in London (Headlong UK Tour); Butley (West End); House of Games (Almeida).

Tom is Artistic Director of Rhapsody of Words and an Associate Artist of HighTide Festival Theatre.

Francesca Reidy – Set & Costume Designer

Francesca is a graduate of RADA’s postgraduate Theatre Design course.

Design credits include: Chef (Soho Theatre and Underbelly, Edinbrugh), Match fit (Old Vic Theatre), Visitors (Bush Theatre), Housed (Old Vic Theatre), Venice Preserv’d (Spectators Guild), The SummerBook (Unicorn Theatre), BABY/LON (Bighouse Theatre), The Visitors (Arcola and UK tour), Amydgala (The Print Room), Richard III (East 15), Godchild (Hampstead Theatre), Sunset Baby (GateTheatre)_, Tommy_ (Prince Edward Theatre), The President and The Pakistani (Waterloo East Theatre), One Hour Only (Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh), Step 9 (of 12) (Trafalgar Studios), Port Authority (Southwark Playhouse), Phaedre (The Cockpit), Arab Spring (Arch 61 Nursery Theatre), The Shape of Things (Gallery Soho), BOOTY (Only Connect), Spring in June (London Film Academy) For RADA: Our Town, Splendour (GBS Theatre). As associate designer: Twelfth Night, Hobsons Choice (Regents Park), The Crucible (RADA). Francesca was one of the Jerwood Young Designers for 2012.

Oliver Fenwick – Lighting Designer

Oliver’s Theatre Credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, The Jew of Malta, Wendy and Peter Pan, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming Of The Shrew, Julius Caesar,_ The Drunks_,_ The Grain Store_ (RSC); The Motherf**ker With The Hat, The Holy Rosenburgs, The Passion, Happy Now?(National Theatre); Lela & Co, Routes, The Witness, Disconnect (Royal Court); The Vote, Berenice, Huis Clos (Donmar Warehouse);_ My City_, Ruined (Almeida); Multitudes, Red Velvet, Paper Dolls, Bracken Moor, Handbagged (Tricycle Theatre); Di and Viv And Rose, Handbagged, The Importance of Being Earnest, Bakersfield Mist, The Madness Of George III, Ghosts, Kean, The Solid Gold Cadillac, Secret Rapture (All West End); The King’s Speech (tour); After Miss Julie (Young Vic); Saved, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric, Hammersmith); To Kill A Mockingbird, Hobson’s Choice, The Beggars Opera (Regents Park Theatre); Therese Raquin, The Big Meal, King Lear, Candida (Bath); Pride And Prejudice, Hamlet, The Caretaker, Comedy of Errors, Bird Calls, Iphigenia (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).

Stephen Moore – Casting Director

Theatre: Love Birds (Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh), It’s a Wonderful Life (UK tour), After Electra (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Tricycle Theatre), Merit ( Theatre Royal Plymouth), Potted Potter (US tour), Grand Guignol (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Southwark Playhouse), Our Boys (Duchess Theatre), Ordinary Dreams (Trafalgar Studios), Midnight Cowboy (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), The Exonerated (Riverside Studios),_ Perpetua_ (Latchmere Theatre)

Television: Father Brown (BBC), Watson & Oliver (BBC), Very Few Fish (BBC), Land Girls (BBC), Dawson Bros. Funtime (BBC), EastEnders (BBC), Doctors (BBC). As Casting Assistant: Rome (HBO/BBC), Longford (HBO/Channel 4), The Virgin Queen (BBC), He Knew He Was Right (BBC), Byron (BBC)

Film_: The Contractor_. As Casting Associate: Starter for Ten, Amazing Grace, Brothers of the Head. As Casting Assistant: Hot Fuzz, The Illusionist, Sahara, The Heart of Me, I Capture the Castle.

Short Film: The Stick, Flea, Chicken Soup,_ Earthquake_, Ela.

Chloe Mashiter – Assistant Director

Chloe is the resident assistant director at Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Assisting credits include: City Stories (St James Theatre, dir. James Phillips); Mucky Kid (Theatre 503, dir. James Farrell); A Tale of Two Cities (King’s Head Theatre, dir. Adam Spreadbury-Maher); 59 Minutes to Save Christmas (Barbican, dir. Alan Lane); A Progress (The Yard, dir. Carl Heap) and Much Ado About Nothing (Cambridge Arts Theatre, dir. Carl Heap).

Directing credits include: A Doll’s House (Space Arts Centre); Object Love (Vault Festival 2015); Spark (Vault Festival 2014) and Swindlestock (Rose Bruford College).

Chloe has collaborated with companies including Secret Cinema, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN and Invertigo and has had work commissioned by bodies including ArtsAdmin and In The Woods Festival. She has worked as the resident assistant director at the King’s Head Theatre and a member of the Finborough Theatre’s literary team.

Adrienne Quartly – Sound Designer/Composer

For the Theatre Royal Plymouth: After Electra, Merit, Grand Guignol, Inside Wagner’s Head, Chekov in Hell, The Astronaut’s Chair, Horse Piss for Blood,_ Nostalgia_.

Splendour, (Donmar); Bad Jews, (Arts, London); Ghost Train (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Sex & 3 day week (Liverpool Playhouse); Grand Guignol (Southwark); Juvenalia (Assembly, Edinburgh); Every Last Trick (Spymonkey); Untold Stories (WYP); Tale of Two Cities, Body of an American (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Get Happy, And the Horse, Fräulein Julie (Barbican); Too Clever, You Can’t Take It With You (Royal Exchange); The Shawl, The Container (Young Vic); The Vortex (Rose, Kingston); Importance of Being Earnest (HK Arts Festival); Three Little Pigs (Circo Ridiculoso); One Monkey.. (Eclipse); Rings of Saturn, (Cologne); The Roundabout (Paines Plough); Stockholm (Frantic Assembly); Thomas Hobbes (RSC); 365 (NTS); Woyzeck (St Ann’s, NYC); The Painter (Arcola); Reykjavik (Roundhouse); 93.2FM (Royal Court); The Fastest Clock (Hampstead); Faustus, School for Scandal, Volpone, The Duchess of Malfi (Stage on Screen).

Natalie Sleeth – Lyrics

Adrian Garratt – Violin

Lana Maclver – Singer

Michael Cryne – Arranger

Maite Chemin – Costume Supervisor

Stephen Ridley – Singing Coach

Polly Bennett – Movement Coach

Keith Wallis – Fight Director

Simon Money – Dialect Coach