The Duke

The Duke


Tuesday 27 September - Saturday 1 October 2016 Download Calendar

The Drum


“In the autumn of 2015 I sit at my desk waiting for an email that will tell me what I need to do to the script to get it onto the screen. I turn the radio on. I listen to a report about the refugee crisis. My mother calls. She tells me she’s broken The Duke… my mother, my film script and the refugee crisis all need my attention.”

Shôn Dale-Jones, the multi-award winning writer/performer behind Edinburgh Fringe favourite Hugh Hughes, performs The Duke.

Funny, poignant and playful, The Duke weaves together the tragi-comic fate of a family heirloom – a porcelain figure of The Duke of Wellington, the quandary of a scriptwriter stretching his integrity, and an unfolding disaster as thousands of children flee their homes. Blending fantasy and reality, the show gently challenges our priorities in a world full of crisis.

No set ticket prices, pay what you can after the performance but please do book your seats in advance. This production supports Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Appeal.

Produced by Hoipolloi, PBJ Management and Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Written by: Shon Dale Jones
Cast and Creative: Shon Dale Jones

The Duke will also be appearing in these venues:

The Unicorn
06 Oct 4:30pm
13 Oct 7pm
14 Oct 4:30pm & 7pm
17 Nov 8:30pm

Soho Theatre
17 Oct 8:45pm
18 Oct 8:45pm
19 Oct 8:45pm
20 Oct 8:45pm
21 Oct 8:45pm
22 Oct 4pm & 8:45pm

Royal Court
28 Nov 6pm
29 Nov 6pm
30 Nov 6pm
2 Dec 6pm

Barbican Centre – The Pit
15 Dec 7:45pm
16 Dec 7:45pm
17 Dec 7:45pm

Pricing & Concessions

Tue – Sat 7.45pm
Ticketed in advance. Pay what you can after the performance.

If you have tickets and are unable to attend, please inform us so we can make these availible


This is art that practices its preaching: made for nothing, but doing something. And delighting as it does, just as art should. You won’t find a show with a bigger, better heart anywhere on the Fringe.


A natural storyteller whose energy ebbed and flowed with the natural undulations of the plot

Broadway Baby