Getting To Know … Durone Stokes

Durone Stokes plays Jack in Jack and The beanstalk @ Broadway Theatre, Catford …

Jack, his Mum and their cow Caroline live in the Kingdom of Lewishfarm and life is tough; the people are poorer, and the rich are getting richer. Everyone is at the mercy of Giant Egred and his evil cockroach henchman Boris (who, by the way, secretly wants to destroy humanity). Will Jack fulfil his destiny? Will Caroline the Cow become a Tik Tok star? Will Jack’s Mum find love in the audience?

Durone’s theatre credits include Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Lion King (West End), The Playboy Of The West Indies (Birmingham Rep), A Taste Of Honey (Trafalgar Studios, National Theatre Tour), Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre), and Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse).

Please introduce yourself

Hi, I’m Durone Stokes, I’m an actor and I’m from Brockley, South-East London 

Describe your life right now in a word or one sentence …


What was the [inspiration/person/moment in time] that started you on this particular career path? … 

It was genuinely when I went to see a dance school show at the Catford Broadway Theatre as a child and seeing a boy play the Prince in a ballet routine. I wanted to do what he did and so I joined that dance school soon afterwards.

L-R Durone Stokes, Derek Elroy, Evie Hoskins & Wayne Rollins – Jack and The Beanstalk @ Broadway Theatre, Catford

You play the role of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Broadway Theatre, Catford? How did the role come about?

I heard Catford Broadway Theatre was going to do Jack and the Beanstalk as their first Panto after the theatre’s Grand Re-opening and it being my local theatre I emailed one of the producers of the Panto (Joy Productions) to ask if I could possibly be seen for the role of Jack!


If not this, then what?

A Pastor. I’ve always had the desire to be a pastor since I was a kid.

What’s made you Sad, Mad, Glad this week?

Sad – Seeing a friend talk down about themselves.
Mad – A fly flew into my cup of tea before I’d even taken a sip… I had to make another one.
Glad – Being a part of the Turning on of the Christmas lights in Catford!

What are you watching right now?

Miraculous: Tales of Lady Bug and Cat Noir! I know it’s aimed at a younger audience but I just love it!

What are you reading right now?

I’m learning Spanish at the moment and so I’ve been reading Spanish books my favourite at the moment being “Cuentos de buenas noches para niñas rebeldes”.

What are you listening to right now? 

Always Country Music. I’m loving the artist Luke Combs at the moment.

The last thing you saw on stage? 

I had the pleasure of seeing Amy Webb play Elphaba in Wicked. She was UNBELIEVABLE!

What’s on your bucket list? 

Go to Mexico.

Where’s your happy place?

Journaling with a cup of tea.

Celebrate someone else (who do you rate right now?) 

Griff – British singer – I’m a big fan.

Celebrate yourself …

I recently got to perform in a show at the Old Vic Theatre!

Whose footsteps are you following in?

Will Smith always.

What’s Next? 

I’m looking to start training in Improv.

Where can we find you? 

I’m actually not on social media at the moment.

Where can we see / read / listen to your latest work?

You can come and see me playing Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at Catford Broadway Theatre
from December 13th – December 31 st .


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