The Whip: Revisiting Slavery and Capitalism through Shakespearean drama

Updated: May 7, 2020

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production, The Whip, offers a thoughtful interpretation of the complex network of activist groups, political agendas, and private interests that were woven into the passage of the British slavery Abolition Act of 1833. The play asks the audience two questions: “What is the right thing to do, and how much must it cost?”