Directed by Kimberley Sykes, this compelling new play asked what is the right thing to do, and how much must it cost?


audio dramatisation of The WhiP
We are reuniting the original cast of The Whip to present a new audio dramatisation of Juliet Gilkes Romero’s highly acclaimed drama, as part of Black History Month. The new audio recording is directed by Kimberley Sykes, with sound design by Claire Windsor and music by Akintayo Akinbode. Further details will be available shortly.

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 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