Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court Theatre announce London transfer of Cowbois – bringing rollicking queer western to the capital

Graham Robson November 15, 2023

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Royal Court Theatre have 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 between January 11 – February 10, 2024. Co-Directed by Charlie Josephine and Sean Holmes, the full RSC cast return to their roles, including Bridgette Amofah, Lee BraithwaiteVinnie Heaven and Emma Pallant. 

Cowbois tells the story of a sleepy town in the Wild West, where 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.

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 transfer of Cowbois marks the first of a series of announcements about the upcoming winter programme from the Royal Court, the final part of Vicky Featherstone’s decade at the theatre.

RSC Members, Patrons and Subscribers and Friends of the Royal Court can access priority booking from Thursday, November 16 from 12pm via the Royal Court website. Public booking onsale from 12pm on Friday, November 17.

Photos by Henri T (c) RSC