Trump-tastic? Richard Foreman's King Cowboy Rufus makes his London debut

13 Jul
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Trump that: King Cowboy Rufus

Hang on to your hats (cowboy) and/or crowns? If you loved last year's Hotel for Criminals, you won't want to miss the latest UK premiere from legendary American theatremaker Richard Foreman, at his most politically charged, taking aim at Trump in King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe, running this August at London Theatre Workshop...

In his third collaboration with Richard Foreman, Patrick Kennedy directs the UK premiere of Foreman's King Cowboy Rufus Rules The Universe, which has a limited season at London Theatre Workshop from 14 to 27 August 2017, with a press night on 15 August.

In Foreman’s most overtly political piece, 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 UK production features an original score by composer and music director Kieran Stallard. The cast are: Kate Baxter, Stewart Briggs, Jessica Foden, Madelaine Nicole Jennings and Dev Joshi.

King Cowboy Rufus Rules The Universe is presented by PK Productions, whose previous credits include Foreman's Hotel For Criminals, which premiered in Greenwich last year, as well as Dr Selavy’s Magic Theatre, Up From Paradise and Halbwelt Kultur.