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Not The Messiah (He’s A Very Naughty Boy) - Preview

Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy)

Preview by Jack Foley

ARTS Alliance Media have announced a special cinema presentation of Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah (He’s A Very Naughty Boy) for one night only on Thursday, March 25 at digital cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) is a comedic oratorio written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez (long-term Python associates and co-creators of the multi-award winning musical, Spamalot) and inspired by Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

The show was filmed at its only European performance at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2009, an event held to celebrate 40 years of Monty Python.

Starring Eric Idle (baritonish), Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) is a humorous take on Handel’s oratorio, Messiah, featuring guest appearances from fellow Pythons: Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland and Neil Innes.

Joining Eric Idle are renowned soloists William Ferguson (Brian), Shannon Mercer (Judith), Rosalind Plowright (Mandy) and Christopher Purves (Reg) performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by John Du Prez… and three sheep.

Eric Idle explains: “It’s rare you get to be silly on a mass scale. Not The Messiah tells the tragic tale of Mandy, impregnated by a Roman soldier, giving birth to Brian, a reluctant revolutionary who falls in love with Judith, gets mistaken for a Messiah and is condemned to death.

“It ranges in reference from Handel, through a naughty Mozart duet, to the Festival of Nine Carols, Bob Dylan, and the classic finale Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”

Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) will be released at over 90 digital cinemas across the UK and Ireland for one night only on March 25, 2010.

Cinema Listings (London):
London – Odeon Covent Garden
London – Clapham Picturehouse
London – Empire Leicester Square
London – Everyman Hampstead
London – Greenwich Picturehouse
London – Kilburn Tricycle London – Wandsworth Cineworld
London – West India Quay Cineworld
London – Wimbledon Odeon
London Screen on the Green Islington

Rest of UK
Aberdeen Cineworld (Union Square)
Aberystwth Arts Centre
Altrincham Apollo
Athlone IMC
Ballymena IMC
Basingstoke Odeon
Bath Odeon
Belfast Odeon
Birmingham Cineworld Broad St
Blackpool Odeon
Boldon Cineworld
Bolton Vue
Brighton Cineworld
Brighton Odeon
Burnley Apollo
Camberley Vue
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
Cardiff Cineworld
Cardiff Odeon
Carlow Omniplex
Castlebar, Mayo Movie World
Cheshire Oaks Vue
Cineworld Crawley
Colchester Odeon
Croydon (Purley) Vue
Cwmbran Vue
Didsbury Cineworld
Dublin Cineworld
Dun Laoghaire IMC
Dundalk IMC
Dungarvan SGC
Edinburgh Cameo Picturehouse
Edinburgh Cineworld
Falmouth Phoenix
Fareham Apollo
Finchley Road Vue
Gateshead Odeon Metrocentre
Glasgow Cineworld Renfrew St
Glasgow Film Theatre
Guildford Odeon
Harrogate Odeon
High Wycombe Empire
Kettering Odeon
Lancaster Vue
Leamington Spa Apollo
Leicester Phoenix Arts Centre
Lincoln Odeon
Manchester Odeon Printworks
Merthyr Tydfil Vue
Milton Keynes Cineworld
Newbury Vue
Northampton Vue
Norwich Cinema City
Norwich Odeon
Nottingham Broadway
Nottingham Cineworld
Oxford Odeon George St
Perth Playhouse
Portsmouth Vue
Prestatyn Scala
Preston Vue
Rathmines Swan Cinemas
Reading Vue
Redditch Apollo
Reigate, Everyman
Richmond Odeon
Romford Vue
Sheffield Cineworld
Sheffield Showroom Cinema
Southampton Odeon
Staines Vue
Stroud Apollo
Taunton Odeon
Thanet Vue
Tunbridge Wells Odeon
Uckfield Picture House
Watford Vue
Westfield Vue
Wexford Omniplex
Winchester Everyman
Woking The Ambassadors
Wolverhampton Lighthouse
Wotton Under Edge Electric Picture House
Wrexham Odeon Eagles Meadow

Cinema listings are correct as at February 22. For online the most up to date listings please see