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Cowbois Tickets

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Charlie Josephine’s explosive queer Western transfers to London for a rollicking theatre ride.

Enjoy a Wild Queer Western with Cowbois Tickets

Grab your chaps, spurs and stetsons and head for the Royal Court Theatre, where the most rollicking show in London is playing! The Royal Shakespeare Company and Charlie Josephine’s “joyous queer romp” Cowbois is welcoming you to a brand new frontier of theatregoing, and it’s going to be a wild ride.

About Cowbois

In a small, sleepy Wild West town, the women drift through each day aimlessly. Their husbands have been missing for almost a year after being swept up in the gold rush, and the only movement on the horizon is the tumbleweed. It’s a small, cut-off town with just one drunken sheriff holding down the fort.

Things are about to change though, as handsome bandit Jack Cannon swaggers into the saloon! They’re on the run from bounty hunters and this looks like the perfect place to lie low. Armed with a gun and a devastatingly attractive wink, Jack’s arrival marks the explosive onset of a gender revolution that might just light a fire under every woman’s skirts…

Nominated for two WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Play and Best Costume Design, this charming and riotous new play premiered at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2023 and now sets its sights south on London town.

Creative Team

Cowbois is playwright Charlie Josephine’s latest work, following their acclaimed production I, Joan at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2022. It is co-directed by Josephine and Sean Holmes, who is Associate Artistic Director at Shakespeare’s Globe.

The cast includes Vinnie Heaven as Jack, Sophie Melville as Miss Lillian, LJ Parkinson as Charley Parkhurst, Bridgette Amofah as Mary, Lee Braithwaite as Lucy/Lou, Shaun Dingwall as Frank/Tommy, Michael Alcock as George, Colm Gormley as John, Paul Hunter as Sheriff Roger Jones, Lucy McCormick as Jayne, Julian Moore-Cook as James, Emma Pallant as Sally Ann and Georgia Bruce as Offstage Cover.

Don’t Miss Tickets for Cowbois at Royal Court Theatre

Saddle up for a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before! With “swagger, humor, and plenty of good old-fashioned gun-slinging action” (WhatsOnStage), the Royal Court Theatre is the place to be in 2024.

Sorry this show closed 10 February 2024, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
09 Feb 2024 - 10 Feb 2024
Running time:
2 hours and 40 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
No age recommendation has been set. See Audience Notes for content warnings.
Audience Notes:
This production features loud noises including gunshots, flashing lights, swearing and depictions and mentions of: physical violence and death; racial discrimination; gender discrimination; animal cruelty; and alcohol abuse. No age rating has been given but it is most suitable for older teens and adults. Contact the venue for more information.

Latest Audience Reviews

I little unusual, got a bit preachy for a little while I loved it , never known an audience buy i... More

A fun, slightly surreal, queer tale of women left in a Western town whilst the men went off to wo... More

One of the best off west end shows we have had the pleasure of seeing a simply brilliant show. Wo... More

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