the dame

The Dame

Cahoots Theatre Company and Gale Productions in association with Park Theatre present

The Dame

By Katie Duncan

Directed by Ian Talbot

"My armour, my war paint, the battle out there: it’s all I’ve ever known."

A lost world of seaside entertainment, piers and promenades is brought to life when seasoned Pantomime Dame Ronald Roy Humphrey returns to his Northern roots. As the curtain falls on the last show of the day, Roy is in a wistful, melancholic mood, but as the years fall away, ghosts and memories from the past confront him with what he has spent his whole life trying to forget. 

The Dame takes us on a journey inside an entertainer’s mind to expose the fragile creature beneath the make-up, bluster and bravado. However many masks we wear; the truth will always be revealed.

Starring Oliver Award nominated actor and former Blue Peter daredevil Peter Duncan.

Directed by the Award-winning Ian Talbot, Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for over 20 years.


 "Well worth a trip to Park Theatre to see Peter Duncan's powerful and moving performance" ★★★★★ London Box Office

"A moving and mesmerising performance by Peter Duncan that demands our attention and deserves to be seen." ★★★★★ Reviews Hub

"An unforgettable rollercoaster ride... a joy to watch" ★★★★★ Love London Love Culture

"A clever, well written and brilliantly performed piece... Duncan gives a stunning performance" ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1

"A sparkling show case for Peter Duncan in which he glitters superbly" ★★★★ Reviews Gate

"Duncan is magnificent... an excellent start to the New Year" ★★★★ Spy In The Stalls

"Skilful direction from Ian Talbot and an absorbing performance from Peter Duncan" ★★★★ Act Drop

"Peter Duncan is ‘a highly talented stage performer running the range of emotions through this 70 minute show" ★★★★ West End Wilma

"Peter Duncan captivates as a panto dame sparkling with allure and panache" ★★★★ Everything Theatre

"An undeniably diverting turn by Peter Duncan... the writing is pungently vivid, in a well-paced production by Ian Talbot, this is a beguiling wander through the back alleys of Britain’s light-entertainment past" The Times

"A ‘broken-hearted clown' play full of laughter and tears" ★★★★ Aline Waites

"A show of throbbing theatricality and powerful prose, written by one of Duncan's daughters continuing in the dramatic tradition started by her grandparents. Duncan has the anger and pathos of a straight actor that can bring tears to the eyes" ★★★★★ Broadway Baby





Park Theatre
Clifton Terrace
Finsbury Park
N4 3JP

Previews: 2 - 3 Jan
Plays: 2 - 26 Jan
Press Night: Fri 4 Jan 7pm

Mon – Sat Evening 19.45
Thu & Sat Matinees 15.15

Running Time

1hr 15mins

Age Guidance

Previews £14.50 
Standard £18
Concessions £16.50

Child (Under 16) £13*
*Subject to availability. T&Cs apply.

Buy 10 tickets get the 11th free

Young Patrons
2 - 9 Jan
Tickets £10*
Find out more about joining our young patrons scheme here

Dementia Friendly
Thu 24 Jan 13.00
Essential companion goes free*