The new campy whodunit musical Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is confirmed to open at the Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on 19 March 1998.
The show, set in a seedy bar on the planet Frottage III, a debauched space age haven for gender outlaws and plastic worshippers, follows a cosmic investigation into the mysterious murders of a number of talented but obscure cabaret artistes. All have been found brutally slain with a sequined stiletto embedded in their chests. It is up to the Space Vixens - crime-fighting, Glitter-Boot-wearing, federal agents from a 'groovier' galaxy - to find out the true identity of the killer.
Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens made a splash at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1995, where it won a coveted Fringe First Award. After an extended run in Burlington, Vermont, Saucy Jack has been expanded to a full-scale spectacle with 14 original musical numbers and a live six-piece band.
David Schofield, British TV actor whose last West End appearance was in the musical City of Angels, leads the 9-strong cast of actors. Director Keith Strachan has worked extensively as both director and composer in theatre and television. His stage credits include Elvis - The Musical, The Roy Orbison Story and The Sound and the Fury.
Musical director James Compton has worked with a diverse collection of pop acts including The Fabulous Singlettes and Gary Glitter. His West End theatre credits include Elvis - The Musical, Forever Plaid, The Queen and I and Good Rockin' Tonite! The play's 'out-of-this-world' set is designed by David Blight who, most recently, designed The Sleeping Beauty for City Ballet of London. Saucy Jack is produced by Counterpoint Theatre which was founded in 1994 to provide theatrical and income opportunities for young, professional actors and writers. Previous Counterpoint productions have included Willis Hall's The Long, The Short and The Tall at the West End's Albery Theatre and Paul Prescott's The Greenhouse Effect at the Riverside Studios.