The ruler of Grusinia, who is removed from power by the Fat Prince’s coup at the start of the play. It is revealed in the fourth act that Azdak unwillingly sheltered the Grand Duke, who was disguised as a beggar, when the Grand Duke first fled from his seat of power. At the end of the play, the Grand Duke is rumored to have returned to power, backed by mercenaries from the Persian army.
Grand Duke Character Timeline in The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The timeline below shows where the character Grand Duke appears in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 3: In the Northern Mountains
...the music ends, the guests at the wedding are gossiping loudly about some news: the Grand Duke has returned, but the Princes remain against him. Apparently, the Grand Duke has been lent... (full context)
Act 4: The Story of the Judge
...course of the evening, came to realize that the old beggar was in fact “the Grand Duke himself,” and then felt great shame at having hidden him. Azdak immediately turned himself into... (full context)
Azdak arrives in Nuka in chains, shouting aloud about his guilt in having helped the Grand Duke —whom he refers to as “the Grand Thief, the Grand Butcher, the Grand Swindler”—escape justice.... (full context)
...Ironshirts ask Azdak whether his neighbors back in his village judged him for sheltering the Grand Duke. Shauwa answers on Azdak’s behalf, and tells the Ironshirts that everyone back in the village... (full context)
...whispers to his nephew that the proceedings are “a mere formality.” Azdak, pretending to be the Grand Duke, presents himself before the “judge.” He claims that the it was the Princes who forced... (full context)
...begins looking through it to find out what punishment he might receive from the reinstated Grand Duke. He laments the fact that he cannot hide, nothing that, since he has helped virtually... (full context)
Act 5: The Chalk Circle