Not The Messiah (He’s A Very Naughty Boy) - Preview
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
Birmingham Cineworld Broad St
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
Castlebar, Mayo Movie World
Cheshire Oaks Vue
Croydon (Purley) Vue
Dun Laoghaire IMC
Edinburgh Cameo Picturehouse
Finchley Road Vue
Gateshead Odeon Metrocentre
Glasgow Cineworld Renfrew St
Glasgow Film Theatre
High Wycombe Empire
Leamington Spa Apollo
Leicester Phoenix Arts Centre
Manchester Odeon Printworks
Merthyr Tydfil Vue
Milton Keynes Cineworld
Norwich Cinema City
Oxford Odeon George St
Rathmines Swan Cinemas
Sheffield Showroom Cinema
Tunbridge Wells Odeon
Uckfield Picture House
Woking The Ambassadors
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 www.notthemessiah.co.uk
- Not The Messiah - Cinema release preview and venue details
- Eric Idle interview
- Not The Messiah Photo Gallery