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Shuler Hensley to star in UK premiere of Samuel D Hunter’s The Whale

Shuler Hensley will star as a 600-pound recluse in The Whale, at the Ustinov Studio
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Tony and Olivier award-winning actor Shuler Hensley will star in a new production of Samuel D Hunter’s The Whale, it has been announced.

Hensley originated the role of Charlie in the play when it opened Off-Broadway in 2012.

It will now make its UK premiere at the Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio, opening on April 26.

Hensley’s credits include Young Frankenstein in the West End, in which he played the Monster. He also starred as Jud Fry in Oklahoma, alongside Hugh Jackman. He won both Olivier and Tony awards for the role.

The Whale’s plot revolves around Charlie, a 600-pound reclusive writing instructor who has hidden himself away from the world and is slowly eating himself to death.

It will be directed in Bath by Laurence Boswell, and runs until June 2. Press night will be on May 3.

It is produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Ben Limberg, Joel Stillerman and Empire Street Productions.

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