The Whipping Man


Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by

Matthew Lopez


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.


Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 17th September to Saturday 3rd October 2015


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

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

“Thought-provoking and gripping”
The Stage


Gary Beadle -  Simon

Gary Beadle - Simon

James Northcote - Caleb

James Northcote - Caleb

Sope Dirisu - John

Sope Dirisu - John

Creative Team

Matthew Lopez

Tom Attenborough

Set & Costume Designer
Francesca Reidy

Lighting Designer
Oliver Fenwick

Sound Designer/Composer
Adrienne Quartly

Movement Director
Polly Bennett

Costume Supervisor
Maïté Chemin

Judaism Consultant
Shani Erez

Dialect Coach
Simon Money

Casting Director
Stephen Moore

Consultant Producer
Jenny Topper

Medical Consultant
Dr Charles Rayne

Singing Coach
Stephen Ridley

Fight Director
Keith Wallis

Assistant Director
Chloe Mashiter