Entertainment presents THE
DUKE IN DARKNESS
by Patrick Hamilton,
Revised and adapted by Orlando Wells
To survive is to betray.
Highly recommended, an excellent production
London City Nights
Go and see this thoughtful, nail biting,
beautifully-acted, morally urgent thriller:
you won't regret it.
One Stop Arts:
Editor's Choice ★★★★★
a well-crafted, elegant play Chiswick W4
From the author of hit thrillers Rope and Gaslight comes
Patrick Hamilton's The Duke In Darkness in its first
London revival for 60 years.
This tense but touching play is the third of a trio of
psychological thrillers written by Patrick Hamilton in
an illustrious career both as a playwright and novelist
(Hangover Square), which also saw him achieve Hollywood
success with Rope directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
France is in the grip of long and bloody civil wars. A
Duke and his servant, incarcerated for fifteen years,
plot their escape and dream of freedom. But in this
world of conspiracy and paranoia, where no one is quite
who they seem, what will one man sacrifice for his
chance of survival?
London-based playwright and actor Orlando Wells has
kindly been granted permission by Samuel French and the
Patrick Hamilton Estate to adapt Hamilton’s rarely seen
piece for modern audiences.
The Rt Hon The Earl of Shrewsbury & Talbot - Trustee of
The Hamilton Settlement and nephew of the late Patrick
Hamilton Estate are delighted that the work of Patrick
Hamilton is continuing to be shown to theatre going
audiences, and that this thrilling play, The Duke in
Darkness, is returning to the London stage after so many
years. The fact that it is coming to the Tabard Theatre
in Chiswick, where Patrick lived and now has a blue
plaque, makes it all the more appropriate."
The playwright and author lived at Burlington Gardens in
Chiswick for 16 years. He died in 1962. Laura Thompson
wrote of him in The Telegraph, "A writer whose
merciless, uncompromising view of humanity is shocking
even today...Hamilton is the poet of compulsion. Nobody
writes it better." In 2011 English Heritage
installed a prestigious Blue Plaque at his Chiswick
"[Hamilton] is a sort of urban Thomas
Hardy: . . . he is unparalleled."-Nick Hornby
"[The Duke in Darkness] is the most unfairly
underrated of all Patrick's dramatic works." -
The production will be directed by Phoebe Barran,
designed by Max Dorey with sound design by David
McSeveney and lighting design by Nicki Brown.
The cast for the show is Michael Palmer (The Duke),
Jamie Treacher (Gribaud), Sean Pogmore (D’Aublaye),
Martin Miller (Duke of Larmorre), Jake Mann (Voulain)
and Matt Fraser Holland (Marteau).
‘The Tin Horizon’, Orlando Well’s first production,
recently premiered to wide acclaim at Theatre 503 in
"acting of the highest caliber in a play that
proves Wells has a gift for gothic futurism...a name to
watch… shows a wild imagination at work and displays
unmistakable signs of talent" Michael Billington,
"deeply sinister and queasily funny, with gripping
performances… Wells's vision is the grotesque stuff of
modern nightmares" Sam Marlowe, The Times
‘You may have to sneak and trick for your life.
You may have to fight. Are you ready to fight, my lord?'