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The Whisperers


  • Playwright

    Elizabeth Kuti 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Frances Sheridan 

  • Author Notes

    Frances Sheridan's 'A Trip to Bath' as completed by Elizabeth Kuti.

  • Setting

    The play is set in the city of Bath around 1765.

  • Notes

    'A Trip To Bath' was written in 1765 by Frances Sheridan. The play was never performed and three of its five acts are all that remain. It is unclear whether the play was uncompleted at Sheridan's death or the last two acts were subsequently lost. Elizabeth Kuti has now completed the final two acts in the manner and style of the original, under the title The Whisperers.

  • Synopsis

    A comedy of manners concerning the tactics employed by a pair of unscrupulous fortune hunters to seduce two rich, but innocent lovers. The Whisperers combines 18th-century wickedness and wit with a very modern attitude to the sexual power of money and the market value of sex.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Mrs. Tryfort Noelle Brown (1)
Sir Jonathan Bull Sean Kearns
Stapleton Robert Price
Lucy Pauline Hutton
Sir Jeremy Bull Arthur Riordan
Mrs. Surface Bairbre NĂ­ Chaoimh
Lady Filmot Andrea Irvine
Lord Stewkly James Wallace
Champignion Patrick Leech
Edward Demian McAdam
Lady Bell Aircastle Natalie Stringer
Production Team  
Director Lynne Parker
Set Designer Blaithin Sheerin
Producer Deborah Aydon
Lighting Designer Tina MacHugh
Costume Designer Jacqueline Kobler
Music and Sound by Bell Helicopter
Assistant Director Noeline Kavanagh
Design Assistant Grace O'Meara
Production Manager Pat Byrne
Stage Director Marie Breen
Stage Manager Angie White
Technician Declan Costello
Sound Operator Michael Wright
Set Construction Theatre Production Services
Scenic Artist Liz Murphy
Costume Construction Jacqueline Kobler
Costume Construction Lyndie Macintyre
Costume Construction Janet O'Leary
Prop Maker Sandra Taylor
PR Mary Folan
Graphic Design The Graphiconies/ Public Communications Centre
Photography Amelia Stein
Carpenter Peter Boyle



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

  • Email

  • Website


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer.