Cooking up a storm with Elvis

Mark Babych, director of Cooking With Elvis
Mark Babych, director of Cooking With Elvis

Derby Theatre has announced the details of its first ‘produced’ show under the new artistic directorship of Sarah Brigham.

You can see Lee Hall’s raucous, fast-paced, and deliciously dark comedy Cooking With Elvis at the venue from April 26-May 18.

It is set around the lives of four people: Jill, a fiendish cook who whips up one exotic dish after another; Mam, a troubled anorexic alcoholic; Dad, an Elvis impersonator forced to watch life from the sidelines; and Mam’s lover, Stuart, who has his cake and eats it.

Lee Hall’s Olivier Award-nominated play blends all the essentials for comedy success: a dash of witty dialogue, a dollop of fantastic performances and a good glug of bawdy humour.

Cooking With Elvis will be directed By Mark Babych, an experienced and award-winning director working across theatre, film, and Trans-Media projects.

He said: “I’m really pleased to be working with Sarah Brigham and the team at Derby Theatre on Cooking With Elvis and honoured to be asked to direct the inaugural show of Sarah’s first season.

“It’s a brilliantly told, intelligent and edgy comedy that boldly deals with issues of family and relationship challenges in both familiar and surprising ways - it is thought-provoking, entertaining and occasionally outrageous and an evening that’s sure to delight and excite audiences about the ambition that Sarah’s inspirational leadership will bring to this superb theatre”.

Tickets are £10-£25 (concessions £10-£23). For more information and to book, call the box office on 01332 255800.