Charlie Josephine’s Cowbois to transfer to London at Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Royal Court Theatre has announced the London transfer of Charlie Josephine’s rollicking queer western Cowbois.

Due to popular demand the play will run at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from 11 January 2024 – 10 February 2024.

The full RSC cast return to their roles for the transfer, which is co-directed by Charlie Josephine and Sean Holmes.

In a sleepy town in the Wild West, the women drift through their days like tumbleweed. Their husbands, swept up in the goldrush, have been missing for almost a year and show no sign of returning. In fact, the town is almost cut off from outsiders entirely, with only one drunken sheriff for protection.

That is until handsome bandit Jack Cannon, a trans masc cowboy, swaggers up to the town’s saloon, inspiring a gender revolution.

Reprising their roles from the RSC the cast includes: Bridgette Amofah plays Mary, Lee Braithwaite plays Lucy/Lou, Shaun Dingwall plays Frank/Tommy, Michael Elcock plays George, Colm Gormley plays John, Vinnie Heaven plays Jack, Paul Hunter plays Sheriff Roger Jones, Lucy McCormick plays Jayne, Sophie Melville plays Miss Lillian, Julian Moore-Cook plays James, Emma Pallant plays Sally-Ann, and LJ Parkinson plays Charley Parkhurst.

Charlie Josephine and Sean Holmes said: “We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Cowbois’ to the Royal Court. We’ve had the best time making it at the RSC, and are very grateful to the team for the joyful collaboration. Thank you also to the warm audiences in Stratford-upon-Avon, who’ve received it with open hearts and standing ovations. We’re really proud of this beautiful bunch of outlaws and excited to bring them to London.”

The production has design by Grace Smart, lighting by Simeon Miller, music by Jim Fortune, sound and soundscape by Mwen, movement direction by Jennifer Jackson, fights and intimacy direction by Bethan Clark, dramaturg Rebecca Latham, casting by Martin Poile and children’s casting by Charlie Metcalf.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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