Casting has been revealed for the first London run of Charlotte Jones’ award-winning comedy, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, with Sioned Jones and Kellie Batchelor taking the title roles in the alternative Christmas treat. Book your tickets now.
Signal Theatre Company’s production, which marks the 21st anniversary of the play’s premiere, runs at the Park Theatre from 11 December 2019 to 4 January 2020.
Josie’s tired. Tired of the Bolton winter. Tired of looking after daydreaming daughter Brenda-Marie. Tired of working as a dominatrix to make ends meet. Too tired to celebrate turning forty. But her favourite client Lionel insists on a birthday party and, knowing Josie’s a huge Elvis fan, invites a very special guest. Just as hips start swinging, somebody no-one expected arrives and skeletons come tumbling out of the closet…
The ‘adults only’ Christmas treat is a quirky, kinky celebration of life’s outsiders.
Jones, who plays Martha, is a regular at the National Theatre, where she’s appeared in productions including All’s Well That Ends Well, Oedipus and Never So Good. She also received an Offie Award nomination for her performance in Ghost About the House at the King’s Head Theatre.
Batchelor, who takes the role of Josie, is co-founder of Signal Theatre Company, for whom her credits include Sellotape Sisters, Shang-a-Lang, A Place at the Table, The Night Before Christmas and Private Lives.
Jones and Batchelor are joined in the cast by Andrew P Stephen (Lionel), Matt Lim (Timothy), Charlie Bence (Brenda-Marie) and Jessica Forrest (Louise).
Stephen boasts West End credits including Elling, Life x 3, Absurd Person Singular and The Woman in Black, while Lim’s previous productions include From Shore to Shore (tour) and Break of Noon (Finborough Theatre). Forrest may be best known for her three-year stint playing Leanne Holiday in Hollyoaks, and recent Mountview graduate Bence previously appeared in Our Benny at Liverpool Empire.
Signal Theatre Company co-founder Robert Wolstenholme directs Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Park Theatre. In addition to his work with Signal, he has directed productions including Gilbert is Dead (Hoxton Hall), Bash (Hen and Chickens Theatre), Closer (Landor Theatre) and Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (Etcetera Theatre).
Playwright Charlotte Jones won the Pearson Best Play Award in 1998 and the Critics Circle Most Promising Playwright Award for Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis. Her other plays include In Flame, The Dark and Humble Boy, which won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and the Critics Circle Award for Best New Play. She also wrote the book for Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical The Woman in White.
Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis runs at Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP from 11 December to 4 January, with performances Mondays to Saturdays 7.45pm, matinees Thursdays and Saturdays 3.15pm. Tickets are priced from £18 (previews £14.50) CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Signal Theatre Company
Signal Theatre Company was founded by performer Kellie Batchelor and director Robert Wolstenholme to stage modern comedies to the highest possible production values and with a sharp eye for contemporary resonance. Their previous productions include the world premiere of Lee Mattinson‘s Sellotape Sisters, described by Views From The Gods as “a fabulous piece of theatre”, and revivals of Shang-A-Lang, A Place At The Table, The Night Before Christmas, Here and Private Lives.