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Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens returns to W/E

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CULT sci-fi musical, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, is returning to the West End for a seven-week summer season at Leicester Square Theatre – from August 7 (previews from August 1) to September 15, 2013.

In the seedy cabaret club Saucy Jack’s, on the planet Frottage III, all is not well. Danger lurks in every corner as the cabaret acts are being picked off one by one by the relentless slingback killer, plunging a murderous heel deep into the victims chest!

Against the backdrop of gloom and fear, down-trodden waitress Booby Shevalle,
talented Sammy Sax, barman Mitch Maypole, bar-fly Dr von Whackoff and pan-galactic Chesty Prospects share their dreams and reveal secrets as the evil shadow of the Slingback Killer draws ever near.

All is not lost as the glorious Space Vixens arrive, interstellar, super-fashion crime fighters here to save the day by the Power of Disco, with glowing Glitterboots and disco beams. Love interests develop, closets are opened and lives are saved before everything builds to an extraordinary musical climax.

Based on original ideas by Johanna Allitt, Simon Curtis, Michael Fidler and Charlotte Mann, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens has a book by Charlotte Mann, lyrics by Charlotte Mann and Michael Fidler, and music by Jonathan Croose and Robin Forrest. It is presented by Martin Witts for London International Arts Theatres Limited.

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is directed and choreographed by Stuart Saint, who wrote and directed Leicester Square Theatre’s 2012/13 adult panto Dick!, starring the legendary international DJ and celebrated nightclub diva, Miss Dusty O.

Casting has yet to be announced.

Written as a piece of theatre that would appeal to people who might feel more at home in bars and clubs than theatres, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens premiered in 1995 at the Edinburgh Festival.

Its frenzied audience involvement and its raunchy electronic score made it an instant success with sold-out audiences invading the stage nightly and refusing to leave the theatre. Rave reviews and crazy plastic-clad fans quickly led to a Fringe First award for ‘innovation in theatre and outstanding new production’.

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens eventually transferred to the West End, playing at the Queen’s Theatre for 12 weeks in the summer of 1998.

Tickets: Tuesday to Thursday £18.50, Friday and Saturday £20.50. Available from the box office on 08448 733433 or online at www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/.

Times: Tuesday to Sunday at 8pm, pre-show cabaret at 7.30pm. Friday and Saturday night includes a post-show disco. Midnight matinees on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17 – Doors: 10:30pm, Pre Show Cabaret: 11pm, Show: 11:30pm.