Hull Truck Theatre, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 & The Royal Shakespeare Company





Hull Truck Theatre, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 & The Royal Shakespeare Company

The Hypocrite




April 1642. Sir John Hotham, Governor of Hull, Member for Beverley and owner of most of East Yorkshire is charged by Parliament to secure the arsenal at Hull and deny entry to King Charles I.

If only it were that simple. With a Royalist siege outside the city walls and the rebellion of the mob within, Civil War seems inevitable and losing his head more than probable. And that’s to say nothing of his problems at home – a lovesick daughter, a ghost obsessed with the chinaware, sexually arousing furniture and a wife intent on escape.

Caught between two choices, Honour and Advantage, we join Sir John on frankly the worst day of his life.

A riotous comedy from award-winning Hull playwright Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), with Mark Addy (Game of Thrones, The Full Monty) as Sir John Hotham and Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Life Of Riley, Jonathan Creek) as Lady Sarah Hotham.

Recommended age 14+


Related Events

Pay What You Can Performance: Fri 24 Feb, 7.30pm
Discover Day: Sat 4 Mar, 2pm
Post Show Q&A: Wed 8 Mar, 7.30pm
Accessible performance: Sat 11 Mar, 2pm
Audio Described Performance: Thur 16 Mar, 7.30pm & Wed 22 Mar, 2pm
Captioned performance: Thur 23 Mar, 7.30pm

Audio intro here




Mark Addy

Sir John Hotham

Martin Barrass

Lord Mayor Barnard

Danielle Bird

Drudge, a servant

Rachel Dale


Neil D'Souza

Peregrine Pelham

Laura Elsworthy

Connie, a servant

Ben Goffe

Charles I/Ghost

Danielle Henry

Sweet Lips/Mme Frottage/Lady Digby

Adrian Hood

Executioner/Captain Moyer

Asif Khan

Captain Jack

Andrew Langtree


Jordan Metcalfe

James, Duke of York

Sarah Middleton

Frances Hotham

Pierro Niel-Mee

Durand Hotham

Rowan Polonski

Prince Rupert of the Rhein

Paul Popplewell

Albert Calvert, a money lender

Caroline Quentin

Lady Sarah Hotham née Anlaby

Josh Sneesby

The Ranter

Matt Sutton

John Saltmarsh


Richard Bean


Phillip Breen


Max Jones


Tina MacHugh

Lighting Designer

Grant Olding

Music & Lyrics

Andrea J Cox

Sound Designer

Michaela Kennen


Annie Lees-Jones

Stunts and Movement

Chris Fisher


Renny Krupinski


Phill Ward

Musical Director

Becky Hope-Palmer

Assistant Director

Paul Frankish

Rehearsal Music Director

Adam Jarvis & Phill Ward

Music performed live by

Jacqui Leigh

Production Manager

Carl Root

Transfer Production Manager

Suzy Somerville

Deputy Production Manager

Ruth Hall

Design Assistant

Joe White


Sarah Colclough-Follon, Joshua Bayles, Laura Merryweather, Daniel Marsh

Technical Assistant Stage Managers

Paul Sawtell

Company Stage Manager

Bryony Rutter

Deputy Stage Manager

Amy Hawthorne

Assistant Stage Manager

Sian Thomas

Costume Supervisor

Paula Grosvenor

Deputy Costume Supervisor

India Askem, Pauline Chambers, Silvia Devily, Emma Glover, Terry Herfield, Harry Town, Julia Wilson, Amelia Hudson

Costume Makers

Anna Kesteven

Prop Costume

Jackie Sweeney

Wig Supervisor

Beckie May

Prop Supervisor

Donna Taylor, Joanna Jefferies

Prop Makers

Belgrade Production Services


Q Division


Pippa Hill

Royal Shakespeare Company Dramaturg

Helena Palmer CDG, Matthew Dewsbury

Royal Shakespeare Company Casting Directors

‘Hugely enjoyable and riotously funny historical romp’

The I

‘Hugely enjoyable and riotously funny historical romp’

What's On Stage

‘A cartwheeling historical farce’

Daily Mail

‘Scabrous, bawdy, witty, often flagrantly silly love-letter to Hull’

The Telegraph

‘So warmly received by its audience you could almost feel the local pride bouncing off the theatre walls’