Lazarus is an award-winning theatre company, re-imagining and revitalising classic work in visual, visceral and vibrant productions.

Our mission...

1. We re-examine and re energise classic texts by presenting them in visually striking, thought provoking and immediately relevant productions through the use of text, movement, music and visual arts.
3. We celebrate artists from all backgrounds and experiences with an emphasis on ensemble, working collaboratively and collectively. Great plays belong to one and all.  
2. Our work seeks to reach those who have barriers to experiencing live theatre by celebrating cultural diversity, expanding audience’s and artist’s horizons and engaging with young and excluded members of society.
4. Through our extensive education workshops, actor training programmes, research and development and audience engagement, we ensure our work retains its impact long after the curtain falls.

The Company of The Bacchae in 2016, Troilus and Cressida in 2014 and The Taming of the Shrew in 2017

NEWS: Lazarus 2018... Lazarus at the Greenwich Theatre

In 2018 we will take up a year-long residency at The Greenwich Theatre celebrating the greatest works of all time.

The Season begins with the transfer of our ★★★★★ production of Marlowe's Edward II in January and then shall continue with a major new ensemble production of William Golding's 20th Century masterpiece, Lord of the Flies in March and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in May 2018. 

Over 500 tickets per production will be at just £10 ensuring everyone can experience these magnificent works.

“We are thrilled to be taking up a yearlong residency at The Greenwich Theatre, a venue that has such theatrical heritage. We begin with one of the most thematically modern plays of the classical cannon, a transfer of our 2017 production of Marlowe’s politically charged and sexually explosive Edward II.” 

Ricky Dukes, Artistic Director

#Lazarus2018 #LazarusAtTheGreenwich 

The Company of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2012

★★★★★ “A landmark production for a groundbreaking company 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        J Waygood, Grumpy Gay Critic on 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

The company of Tamburlaine the Great in 2015, The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 2017 and Edward II in 2017

★★★★★ "This remains a visionary company who have once again brought us a stunning and thoughtful adaptation. Not to be missed.”

View from the Gods on Tamburlaine the Great

The Lazarus Team...

Get in touch...

Artistic Director – Ricky Dukes

Associate Producer – Gavin Harrington-Odedra

Associate Director Sara Reimers

Creative Associates – 

Heather Doole, Nick Kent, Adam Trigg, Ina Berggren.

Associate Actors – Robin Holden, Alice Brown, Gemma Beaton, Elly Lowney, Lewis Davidson, Paula James, Stephen MacNeice, Danny Solomon, Colette O’Rourke,  Prince Plockey, Kerry Willison Parry.

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The Lazarus Directors...

Our Team


Ricky Dukes

Artistic Director

Ricky founded Lazarus Theatre Company in 2007, since then he has gone on to direct over 30 productions for the company spanning from Euripides to Shakespeare, from Schiller to Brecht. Key productions include The Women of Troy, 2012, Oedipus, 2013, Dido Queen of Carthage, 2013 and The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 2016 / 2017.

Ricky has assisted at The NT Studio, The Young Vic and The Open Air Theatre Regents Park as well as Directed freelance projects professionally and at drama schools and in drama training.


Gavin Harrington-Odedra

Associate Producer

Gavin joined Lazarus in 2010 as assistant director for Hecuba at The New Diorama Theatre.  Since joining Lazarus, Gavin has Directed, associate directed and associate produced over 30 productions. Particular highlights include: Electra, 2011, As You Like It, 2012 and Richard III, 2013 and The Bacchae in 2016. 

Gavin studied Theatre Studies and Anatomy at the University of Otago. 

He co-founded Grimmace theatre company in 2004 which produced productions of Physical Theatre around New Zealand before touring to Asia and Europe in 2008.


Sara Reimers

Associate Director

Sara joined Lazarus in 2013 as Assistant Director on The Tragedy of Mariam at the Tristan Bates Theatre. Since then she has worked on 12 productions with the company in the roles of dramaturge and associate director. For Lazarus’ 2017 season she directed The Taming of the Shrew at the Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley.

Sara has a PhD in Shakespeare and is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Drama Department at Royal Holloway, University of London.


★★★★★ “Pushed the boundaries of the audience’s imagination 

– it swept me off my feet”

Ginger Wig & Strolling Man on The Beggar's Opera

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The company of The Women of Troy in 2012, Richard III in 2014 and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore in 2016.

★★★★★ “The Caucasian Chalk Circle is an exciting and engrossing piece of theatre… The overall effect is amazing”

Matthew Pronchick, The Upcoming on The Caucasian Chalk Circle