King Cowboy Rufus comes to London Theatre Workshop

King Cowboy Rufus Rules The Universe at London Theatre Workshop

Richard Foreman’s King Cowboy Rufus Rules The Universe will recieve its UK premiere at London Theatre Workshop in a production directed by Patrick Kennedy from 14 August 2017.

In Richard Foreman’s most overtly political play, Rufus is and is not the President of the United States and an Imitation Donald Trump. He is a cowboy who dreams of being king of the universe. Only, in the first instance, he isn’t really a cowboy, he’s a foppish English gentleman who dreams of being ‘a real American cowboy’. This Imitation King Cowboy Donald Trump is a wild bull raging inside the world’s china shop — attacked by cocooned babies, whores and worldly wise grizzly bears. Turning away from sexual exploitation, he is transformed by the alchemy of inevitable private catastrophe.

Director, designer and producer Patrick Kennedy says, ‘This is Richard Foreman at his most politically charged. Traditionally known for his hard to penetrate ritual-like objectifications of trauma, KING COWBOY RUFUS is somewhat more direct in its message but still richly multi-layered. Originally written about George Bush, the play is even more relevant now as America comes to terms with its stewardship under the megalomaniac cowboy Donald Trump.’

The cast of King Cowboy Rufus includes: Kate Baxter, Stewart Briggs, Jessica Foden, Madelaine Nicole Jennings and Dev Joshi. The production features an original score by composer and MD Kieran Stallard.

King Cowboy Rufus Rules The Universe will be presented at London Theatre Workshop from 14 – 26 August 2017.


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  • Taz Edwards-White

    I wanted to do something different but I didn’t quite think how different my evening would be…it mentioned surreal and I like the Mighty Boosh and League of Gentlemen surreal…but have not been taken to a place more surreal than tonight at… King Cowboy Rufus rules the universe.
    At Leadenhall Market Gracechurch Street
    EC3V 0DN London.
    I felt like I was in a social experiment…where hypnosis may have been involved.
    If you’ve ever been out dancing and raving all night and are desperately trying to get home feeling disoriented and exhausted…yet you have that challenging space to face of a boiling hot tube or night bus full up with party people dressed up in ridiculous outfits talking political nonsense before you can reach the comfort of your bed.

    You probably need the toilet or feel nauseated. The smell of body odour and urine, bright lights and no personal space are challenging but you know you need to persevere to reach the end of the journey.
    And just when you think your final stop is nearing there are delays and you are a captive audience for those trashed party people dressed in ridiculous outfits still spouting their opinions.

    This play was an endurance test. It was as uncomfortable and challenging in the same respect as trying to decipher our society whilst on a bad acid trip…just when you think it cannot get anymore absurd…it does.
    You try to embrace it because surely at sometime it will end. There are moments of hilarity but it makes you reassess your reality and ask yourself what the hell are you doing sitting in a room watching this obscure nonsense?

    It makes you examine your fellow participants and wonder if they feel as trapped as you.
    It’s like being at the funfair on the ghost train, a rollercoaster and in the funhouse all rolled into one.
    You hate every moment but once you get off…

    you love it and want to go again.

    The surrealism continues on your journey home and you can still hear the voices in your head.

    If you go to see this play…you’ll be cursing me and then yourself.



      Thanks Taz for your lengthy comments. It’s great that a piece of theatre can spur on that level of criticism. Has anyone else seen King Cowboy Rufus? Let us know your thoughts.