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By Kate Summerscale
Adapted by Alexandra Wood

★★★★ 'Kate Summerscale’s Victorian potboiler is deftly condensed in a tense drama' THE GUARDIAN

★★★★ 'This taut, magnetic adaptation impacts like dynamite' THE TIMES

★★★★ ‘Wood’s coup de theatre unfolds with pleasing clarity in this wonderfully concise retelling’ WHATSONSTAGE

★★★★ 'An utterly transporting piece of storytelling' BROADWAY WORLD

Fri 05 May 2023 - Sat 10 Jun 2023

Kate Summerscale’s vivid and gripping bestselling non-fiction thriller is brought to the stage for the first time in this dramatic adaptation.

Summer 1860, an elegant country house, a young boy is found dead in an outside privy. All clues point towards the murderer being a member of the grieving household. But which one?

Called to the scene is the most celebrated detective of his day, Jonathan Whicher from Scotland Yard. Faced with an inept local police force, a middle-class family ravaged by secrets, and a lack of evidence, will he be able to solve the case?

This original Victorian whodunit becomes a battle of wits between the professional detective and the only one who knows what really happened. In this fresh re-telling, fact and fiction bleed into each other, and the Truth becomes something to be fought over.

Videography: Alex Ryland-Jones
Production photography: Pamela Raith

Tickets from £15
Super Saver: Save £5 Friday 5 to Thursday 11 May

Performance Information
Running Time: approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Guidance on Content: This production includes the use of vivid descriptions of violence (involving the murder of a child), haze, and flashing lights.

Accessible Performances
Audio Described Performance: Saturday 10 June at 2.30pm with a Touch Tour at 12.30pm, described by Jane Brambley

Closed Captioned Performances: Monday 5 June at 7.30pm and Saturday 10 June at 2.30pm

Join us...

Over to You: Try out your directing skills and rehearse a selection of scenes from The Suspicions of Mr Whicher with director, Kate Budgen, on Saturday 10 June, 11am - 1pm. Cost £20 (£15 for show ticket holders). Book here.

Post Matinee Q&A on Saturday 10 June (BSL interpreted)

Food and Drink
Enjoy a freshly prepared two-course meal before The Suspicions of Mr Whicher in our Riverside Restaurant. Browse our menu below here and visit our Food & Drink page to make a reservation.

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Adapted by Alexandra Wood

Directed by Kate Budgen 

Design by Amy Jane Cook

Lighting Design by Katy Morison

Sound Design and Composition by Beth Duke

Projection Design by Rachel Sampley

 Movement and Intimacy Direction by Angela Gasparetto 

Christopher Naylor

Jonathan Whicher

(Dangerous Corner and Hard Times – The Watermill, The Woman in Black – West End)

Eleanor Wyld


(Leopoldstadt – West End, The Merchant of Venice – The Globe)

Connie Walker

Mrs Kent

(The Taxidermist's Daughter - Chichester, Macbeth – Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch)

Jim Creighton

Mr Kent

(The Importance of Being Earnest, Journey’s End – The Watermill, Skylight - NT)

Sam Liu


(a recent RADA graduate, most recently seen in Ted Lasso for Apple TV)

Robyn Sinclair


(The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – West End and tour, Amélie – West End (Criterion Theatre)