Co-commissioned by the Barbican, London

Time Out Critics Choice
Nominated for Best Solo Perf at Awards
Nominated for Best Male Perf at Off-West End Awards

“One of the most magical journeys”
Financial Times 4 stars (on 360)

In 2010 the Barbican Centre in London commissioned The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes, a month-long retrospective of Hoipolloi’s three previous shows with Hugh.

In addition to performances of the three shows – Floating, Story of a Rabbit and 360 – there was also extra work created specially for the residency, including Hugh’s first documentary film (see below), and open rehearsals of Stories from an Invisible Town.

After the Barbican, the residency visited the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Dublin International Theatre Festival, the Drum Theatre Plymouth, The Junction in Cambridge and West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.

“Hughes’s humour, charm and the hilarious stories of his life as an eight-year-old and adult are a joy to listen to…Hughes makes the audience move in and out of his world seamlessly”
The Telegraph 4 stars (on 360)

Photographer Jaimie Gramston followed Hugh for a day during his run at the Barbican Centre, capturing moments both on and off stage as Hugh performed all of his three shows.

Hugh Hughes: How I Got Here

Hoipolloi produced How I Got Here, a 60min film documenting Hugh’s journey as an emerging artist, to form part of The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes.

The film premiered at Cambridge’s Arts Picturehouse in the Cambridge Film Festival 2010 and screenings formed part of the touring residency. You can find more information here on Hugh’s website but here’s a short clip…

I’d like to programme this residency…

If you are interested in booking this residency for your venue or festival, please download the following information.

The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes – touring info (Aug11)

To discuss your interest further, please contact Simon Bedford, Hoipolloi’s Executive Producer, at


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343Head DukeThe Duke has finished touring again for 2017, but what a year!? Our generous audiences have now raised £46,249 towards Save the Children's Child Refugee Appeals since it premiered in 2016. We're so grateful to you all and look forward to returning with the show next year.