As the 19th Century dawns, politicians of all political persuasions gather in London to abolish the slave trade once and for all.
But will the price of freedom turn out to be a multi-billion pound pay off to the slave owners? Even though such a bailout could drive the country into economic and political ruin?
As morality and corruption clash in a world of men thirsty for power, two women forge an unlikely union and fight their way to the seat of political influence, challenging Members of Parliament who dare deny them their say.
In this provocative new play, directed by Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage, 2017; As You Like It, 2019), the personal collides with the political to ask what is the right thing to do and how much must it cost?
The Whip contains themes around slavery and some scenes that some people may therefore find upsetting. Final information and running time is not usually available until the first preview. Please speak to the Box Office after this point if you would like further details.
The work of Juliet Gilkes Romero was supported through our collaboration with the University of Birmingham
The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust