Signal Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre present

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

By Charlotte Jones

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Directed by Robert Wolstenholme

Off West End Award Nomination: Best Performance Ensemble

'A huge amount of fun' ★★★★ The Stage

'Lightning repartee and belly’s tight and zippy, gentle and fierce. Brilliant....Highly recommended!' ★★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls 

'A delightfully amusing and cleverly thought-provoking piece of theatre' ★★★★★ London Living Large

'A brilliantly written, superbly performed play with great humour and emotion' ★★★★★ West End Wilma

'Get sent home with some proper Christmas cheer' ★★★★ The Londonist

'A highly enjoyable evening and great seasonal entertainment.' ★★★★ London Theatre 1 

'Will delight anyone looking for respite from politics, or who merely wishes to shake-off the winter blues.' ★★★★ London Box Office 

'Extremely funny and deeply moving. It’s definitely once to catch if you can.' ★★★★ Sardines Magazine


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…
Writer of Humble Boy (National Theatre) Charlotte Jones’ hilarious and heartfelt comedy about finding a place to fit in won the 1998 Pearson Best Play Award and, on its twenty-first anniversary, receives its first ever London production, from comedy specialists Signal Theatre Company.
Quirky and kinky, and with a rocking Elvis soundtrack*, this sweet yet saucy celebration of life’s outsiders is the perfect ‘adults only’ alternative Christmas treat. (*NB: is NOT a musical!)
'Coarsely funny… mixes life lessons with verbal zingers… enjoyably slick and snappy… conspicuously well cast and played' ★★★★ The Times 
Praise for Signal Theatre Company's production of Shang-a-Lang by Catherine Johnson