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VenueSwan Theatre
From14th October 2023
Opened24th October 2023
To18th November 2023
When19:30. Oct 24 at 19:00. Sat Mats 13:30. Thu Mat 13:30 Oct 26
What is currently on at Swan Theatre (V136)


No more petticoats! No more men! 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. 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 whiskey and a wink, and 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.
Author Charlie Josephine

Archive :: production:T01710639622, play:S1511250557, venue:V136

Special Performances

  • 26 Oct 23 Relaxed
  • 10 Nov 23 Captioned
  • 11 Nov 23 Audio Described
  • 11 Nov 23 Relaxed



User Review: 18Oct23: Watching this play yesterday and not knowing what to expect when it started, it seemed a little dull. However, it soon hotted up with a musical number and some strange dance moves from the lead character. Despite a rather slow middle section which became a little preachy, by the end I was thoroughly sold and came away feeling that I had seen a fun, quirky play with some great music which I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. The stand out characters who added some fantastic humour to the play were the sheriff, absolutely fabulously dressed by the end and Charley Parkhurst's baddy in another great outfit. Their comic timing was perfect. The Swan is such an intimate setting that all the raised eyebrows and glances that the actors knowingly shared with the audience, were seen and appreciated.
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Company Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Charlie Josephine
Director Sean Holmes
Design Grace Smart
Lighting Simeon Miller
Music Jim Fortune
Sound Mwen
Director Jennifer Jackson (movement)
Director Bethan Clark (fights / intimacy)
DramaturgRebecca Latham
Musical Director Gemma Storr
Director Prime Isaac (assistant)
Director Martin Poile (casting)
Director Charlie Metcalf (children's casting)
Performer Bridgette Amofah (Mary)
Performer Lee Braithwaite (Lucy / Lou)
Performer Shaun Dingwall (Frank / Tommy)
Performer Michael Elcock (George)
Performer Colm Gormley (John)
Performer Vinnie Heaven (Jack)
Performer Paul Hunter (Sheriff Roger Jones)
Performer Lucy McCormick (Jayne)
Performer Sophie Melville (Miss Lillian)
Performer Julian Moore-Cook (James)
Performer Emma Pallant (Sally Ann)
Performer LJ Parkinson (Charley Parkhurst)
CORONAVIRUS: All venues in the UK were shut down on March 16, 2020, and the restrictions were finally lifted on July 19, 2021. It is important to mention that the UK Theatre Web archive listings (iUKTDb) from March 2020 to July 2021 might not be accurate due to the lack of information regarding rescheduled and cancelled shows.

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