A sacrilegious new musical comedy, Holy Crap, puts a sinful spin on evangelical television at the King’s Head Theatre this summer.
The Heather Brothers, writers of the 1960s pastiche musical A Slice of Saturday Night, return with a brand new musical comedy brimming with sin, salvation and sacrilege. Bringing together the creative team from cult hits Shock Treatment and The Toxic Avenger, the premiere marks Benji Sperring’s first production at the King’s Head following his appointment as Associate Director.
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?
Writers The Heather Brothers said of the musical:
“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 King’s Head Theatre 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 King’s Head Theatre is London’s first and foremost pub theatre and is led by Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher. New writing, revivals, musicals, opera, cabaret and queer work sit side by side in an unashamedly eclectic programme of work, with high profile co-productions, national touring and transfers to and from the biggest arts festivals in the world.
Holy Crap plays the King’s Head Theatre from 7 June – 8 July. For more information and to book tickets, please see the website.