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Booking opens for:
Artists Circle and Gold Patrons on 18 Feb
Silver Patrons on 19 Feb
Bronze Patrons on 21 Feb
Members on 25 Feb
Subscribers on 11 Mar
Public on 18 Mar

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

  • Running time:

    To be confirmed

Next performance:

1 February, 7:30PM

Swan Theatre

As the 19th Century dawns in London, politicians of all parties gather to abolish the slave trade once and for all.

But the price of freedom turns out to be a multi-billion pound bailout for slave owners rather than those enslaved.

As morality and cunning compete amongst men thirsty for power, two women navigate their way to the true 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?


Director Kimberley Sykes

As our shows develop in rehearsal, we will update information here about content that may affect some audiences, for example that they contain gunshots or strobe lighting. 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 HJ HEINZ II CHARITABLE TRUST