If the mere mention of A Slice of Saturday Night has you humming the title song and yearning for the Club-a-Go-Go (it does us), pay attention: the writers of that hit musical are back with a brand-new musical comedy which takes aim at evangelical television. We love it already! The title from the blasphemers? HOLY CRAP, of course...
The Heather Brothers, writers of the hugely popular 1983 pastiche musical A Slice of Saturday Night, return with a brand new musical comedy brimming with sin, salvation and sacrilege. HOLY CRAP runs at London’s King’s Head Theatre – where A Slice of Saturday Night was first seen in London nearly 30 years ago – from 7 June to 8 July 2017, with a press night on 9 June.
Bringing together the creative team from cult hits Shock Treatment and The Toxic Avenger, the premiere of HOLY CRAP also marks director Benji Sperring’s first production at the King’s Head following his appointment as Associate Director and the triumph of Shock Treatment. Casting for the production has yet to be announced.
HOLY CRAP follows the launch of Britain’s first pay-to-view religious channel as American evangelist preacher, Reverend Bobby Del La Ray persuades legendary British rock star and devout Christian, Rex Bedderman, to co-host the channel. But with the charismatic leader up to his neck in debt, being forced to launder money for the Mafia and risking his own mother’s life if the viewing figures don’t increase, he does what any sane, normal person would do: he starts broadcasting hardcore porn. After all, how do you save someone from sin if they don’t know what it looks like?
The Heather Brothers - Lea, Neil, Charles and John – commented:
“In a world where ‘spin’ is all and style reigns supreme over substance, there has never been a more apt time for HOLY CRAP, with its irreverent and satirical take on the hypocrisy surrounding the pursuit of money and power. With its long list of West End transfers the Kings Head has always punched way above its weight and we’re delighted that our new show will be starting life at the home of both our previous West End musicals.”
The Heather Brothers first came to prominence with their award winning 1960’s musical A Slice Of Saturday Night, which was first seen in Brighton and then ran at the King’s Head before making its way into the West End and Broadway. A Slice Of Saturday Night has had well over 400 productions worldwide and has been translated into nine languages. Its songs include Club A-Go-Go, If You Want to Have Fun, Baby I Love You, Who'd Be Seventeen, Romance/Wham Bam and the title song.