Elvis lives in comedy at Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre’s first professional produced show Cooking With Elvis opens on Friday, April 19, on the back of some good news for director Mark Babych.

The comedy by Lee Hall runs at Derby Theatre until May 18, and Mark Babych has landed the high profile and sought-after position of artistic director at the highly acclaimed Hull Truck Theatre.

Formerly artistic director at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre, Mark has been working as a freelance director in theatre, TV and film for the past four years and as a regular guest director at leading drama schools.

Cooking With Elvis, which contains strong adult content and sexual references, is set around the lives of four people.

There’s 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! Mam’s appetite for sex, Jill’s obsession with food and Stuart’s fascination with the family, all combine and see the King unwittingly caught up in the chaos.

Tickets are £10-£25, (plus concessions) from the box office on 01332 59 39 39.