The Royal Court Theatre presents the Royal Shakespeare Company production of….


by Charlie Josephine

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Thu 11 Jan - Sat 10 Feb 2024

A rollicking queer Western like nothing you’ve seen before.

Grab your stetson and spurs and join us in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Cowbois by Charlie Josephine. ‘A joyous queer cowboy romp’ (West End Best Friend) co-directed by Charlie Josephine and Sean Holmes.

Nominated for two WhatOnStage Awards for Best New Play and Best Costume Design.

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.

“A whole new frontier” – Guardian

That is until handsome bandit Jack Cannon swaggers up to the town’s saloon, looking for a place to hide from the bounty hunters on his tail.

Armed with a wink, and with a gun by their side for good measure, Jack’s explosive arrival inspires a gender revolution, and starts a fire under the petticoat of every one of the town’s repressed inhabitants.

“Swagger, humor, and plenty of good old-fashioned gun-slinging action” – WhatsOnStage


The work of the RSC is supported by the Culture Recovery Fund

Miranda Curtis CMG – Lead Production Supporter of Cowbois

New Work at the RSC is generously supported by Hawthornden Foundation and The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust

Post-show Talk 6 Feb

A post-show in conversation with Charlie Josephine and Travis Alabanza. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

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‘A fantastical journey of gender discovery’

Spy in the Stalls

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'A sweltering blast of joy in a chilly, uncertain January'


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Time Out

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‘A riot’

Arts Desk

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‘An audacious hit’

City AM

‘A delight’

Evening Standard

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 7:30pm (except 17 Jan, 7pm) 

Thu & Sat matinees: 2:30pm 

Running time: 2 hrs 40 mins (including a 20 mins interval)

For more information about themes and contents of this play, please see our content advisory page.

Cowbois explores themes of gender expression. More about the transgender community, the word ‘queer’ and using pronouns.

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Access Performances

Audio Described Sat 27 Jan, 2.30pm
Touch Tour Sat 27 Jan, 12.30pm
Captioned Tue 30 Jan, 7.30pm
Chilled Performance Sat 3 Feb, 2.30pm

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