Tacit Theatre | Scaramouche Jones
Tacit Theatre's production of Justin Butcher's Scaramouche Jones, starring Tom Daplyn
Scaramouche Jones, Tacit Theatre, Tom Daplyn, Leo Steele, Jonathan Constant, Nigel Collins, Old Red Lion, Theatre Delicatessen, Off West End, Justin Butcher


Scaramouche Jones

Category: Past Shows


Justin Butcher


Tom Daplyn

Creative Team

Director Jonathan Constant
Sound Designer Nigel Collins
Lighting Designer Leo Steele
Set Design The company and Katharine Heath


"Unmissable, captivating... a near flawless performance" - Remotegoat (5 stars)

" bawdy, farcical and tragic, Tacit Theatre’s magnetic production more than bears comparison with Pete Postlethwaite’s acclaimed version - The Stage

" beautifully performed - Whatsonstage

" A masterly performance" - British Theatre Guide

Nominated - Off West End Awards 2010 - Best Sound Design


Tacit Theatre created  a number of unique theatrical spaces, transforming two local pubs and a derelict office building into circus tents for its pop-up production of Justin Butcher’s Scaramouche Jones, a one-man play about a charismatic 99 year-old clown with a wealth of stories to tell from his journey through the ups and downs of the twentieth century.

We meet our narrator as the festivities begin on millennium eve, his 100th birthday, and the night of his final and most important performance. He relates his birth at the turn of the 20th century in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, tells of his childhood in slavery, his rambling across Saharan Africa, his gypsy life in Milan, and his eventual arrival in London, the home of his mysterious English father. Along the way he meets a spectrum of characters, each with their own profound effect on his life.

History of the Play

Scaramouche Jones’s first performance was as a radio play  in 1998, played by  Warren Mitchell. Pete Postlethwaite then took on the eponymous role to enormous success in Rupert Goold’s production, which toured throughout the UK and Australia.  Justin Butcher also performs his own role in an ongoing touring production directed by Guy Masterson, starting at the Edinburgh Fringe and touring throughout the world .