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Holy Crap - King's Head Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HOLY Crap, a sacrilegious new musical comedy that puts a sinful spin on evangelical television, runs at the King’s Head Theatre from June 7 to July 8, 2017.

With book, music and lyrics by The Heather Brothers (A Slice of Saturday Night), Holy Crap is directed by Benji Sperring.

Holy Crap will be Sperring’s first production at the King’s Head following his appointment as Associate Director. Read more.

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 said: “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 60’s musical A Slice Of Saturday Night which ran at the Kings Head before transferring to the West End and Broadway. A Slice Of Saturday Night has had well over 400 productions world-wide and has been translated into nine languages. Other theatrical credits include Lust (Theatre Royal Haymarket and at the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia where it was nominated for the Barrymore Award before transferring to Broadway).

Other musicals include Big Sin City (national tour followed by a season at The Roundhouse), The Comeback (national tour), Camp Horror which won the Off West End Award (Offies) and The Last Song and Dance Man. Other credits include the thrillers Blood Money (Derby Playhouse and Walnut Street Theatre Philadelphia) and Seriously Twisted and the comedy Oz and the Pom.

The brothers also conceived and co-wrote Bobby Dallas After Party (an interactive Country & Western musical). Their film writing credits include Seriously Twisted and Big Finish.

Casting for Holy Crap will be announced in due course.

Tickets: Previews (June 8 and 9) £14; June 10 onwards £25 (premium), £19.50 (general), £18 (over 60s and equity), £15 (Students, under 18s and unemployed). Book tickets at www.kingsheadtheatre.com/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8.40pm, Wednesday and Sunday at 4pm.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: 2 Become 1 (April 11 to April 29, 2017).