Lazarus Theatre Company
Director / Practitioner
Ricky is an award winning, working-class theatre Director / Practitioner based in the West Midlands and London.
He is Artistic Director of Lazarus Theatre Company and freelance Practitioner / Director.
His focus is actor led ensemble work particularly inspired by Brecht with a strong emphasis on visual, vibrant, politically charged and socially engaged productions of classic plays.
Ricky is currently artistically leading Lazarus Theatre Company's response to the Coronavirus pandemic: Year of Exploration, which will see the company undergo major research and development to explore new collaborations, commission new work whilst exploring how the companies work can be more accessible and reflective of our society.
★★★★ "Dukes has directed a stunning and accessible version"
The Stage on Macbeth
VocalEyes is looking forward to working with Ricky Dukes and Lazarus Theatre on their exploration of inclusive theatre practice. They’re taking a bold path; rather than relying on traditional means to provide access, they are seeking to re-think their practice and embed audio description within the production itself. This approach is one that VocalEyes is keen to encourage, and the scale that Lazarus works at, and their choice of production promise to make this a very useful test-case for us and the wider theatre and access communities.
Matthew Cock, VocalEyes
★★★★ “Lazarus Theatre’s ensemble-based take on Macbeth at Greenwich Theatre proves thrilling in its stylish directorial vision… It’s a bold resetting”
There Ought to be Clowns on Macbeth
‘The Jack Studio has enjoyed a long and successful collaboration with Ricky Dukes and Lazarus Theatre Company, who have produced six full scale reinvigorated classics at the Jack, as well as an R&D digital residency. The company have a recognisable, ambitious, ensemble style –irreverent, intelligent, highly visual and always accessible. This is one of Lazarus’s greatest strengths: their high impact productions can be accessed and enjoyed, as we have seen, by those new to classics who are immersed in their version of the play. Their sell-out productions have consistently attracted a younger audience to the Jack, and created added value and engagement with post-show discussions and Q&As with industry professionals. The productions’ accessibility and innovation, alongside with their commitment to making diversity visible throughout their productions - through casting, production style and their associated artists - make them a company to collaborate with. We truly welcome these collaborations at the Jack, which support and disrupt our expectations of live theatre.’
Kate Bannister, Jack Studio Theatre
- Macbeth, Greenwich Theatre, Shakespeare, 2020
- Salomé, Greenwich Theatre, Wilde, 2019
- The Tempest, Greenwich Theatre, Shakespeare, 2019
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Greenwich Theatre, Shakespeare, 2018
- Lord of the Flies, Greenwich Theatre, William Golding / Nigel Williams, 2018
- Edward II, Greenwich Theatre Theatre, Christopher Marlowe, 2018.
- The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Greenwich Theatre, Brecht translated by Frank McGuinness, 2017.
- The Beggar’s Opera, The Jack Studio, John Gay, 2016.
- Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Tristan Bates, John Ford, 2016.
- The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Jack Studio, Brecht translated by Frank McGuinness, 2016.
- Tamburlaine the Great, The Tristan Bates, Marlowe, 2015.
- Henry V, The Union Theatre, Shakespeare, 2015.
- Troilus and Cressida / Coriolanus, Tristan Bates, Shakespeare, 2014.
- The Merchant of Venice, Jack Studio, Shakespeare, 2013.
- The Spanish Tragedy, Blue Elephant, Kyd, 2013.
- Dido Queen of Carthage / King Lear, Greenwich Theatre, Marlowe / Shakespeare, 2013.
- Oedipus, Blue Elephant, Sophocles, 2013.
- Women of Troy, Blue Elephant, Euripides, 2012.
- The Duchess of Malfi, Blue Elephant, John Webster, 2009.
As Assistant Director
Ricky has assisted directed on productions at The Open Air Theatre, Regents Park and on workshops at English National Opera, The Young Vic and The National Theatre.
★★★★★ “This is an exhilarating, energetic and brutal production that will leave you breathless. Another triumph for Lazarus Theatre”
Fairy Powered Productions on Lord of the Flies