Previewed 6 September 1993, Opened 9 September 1993, Closed 27 November 1993 at the Novello Theatre in London
The Heather brother's musical A Slice Of Saturday Night in London starring Dennis Waterman, Sonia and Danny McCall for a strictly limited season
A musical for those that missed the sixties, or were there but can't remember.
The cast features Dennis Waterman as 'Eric 'rubber legs' De Vene', Sonia as 'Sue' and Danny McCall as 'Gary' with Nikki Brooks as 'Sharon', Sean Oliver as 'Rick', Peter Heppelthwaite as 'Eddie' and Judith Ellis as 'Bridget'. At some performances the role of 'Eric 'rubber legs' De Vene' is played by Binky Baker who created the role in the original production at the King's Head Theatre. Written by Neil Heather, John Heather, Lea Heather and Charlie Heather. Directed by Mark Urquart with sets by Rodney Ford and costumes by David Shilling.
The Heather brother's A Slice Of Saturday Night was originally staged at the King's Head Theatre in North London in 1989 (previewed from 25 July 1989, opened on 1 August 1989 and closed on 26 August 1989 before it transferred for a very successful 20 month run at London's Arts Theatre (previewed from 14 September 1989, opened on 27 September 1989 an closed on 25 May 1991). The production then went on a major regional tour starring Gary Glitter in his stage musical acting debut as 'Eric 'Rubber Legs' de Vene'. This was followed by a second tour that featured Alvin Stardust.
"What Grease is to the fifties, so A Slice Of Saturday Night is to the sixties. The Heather Brother’s delightful, unassuming musical is no more nor less than its title claims — a slice of life from the Club A Go-Go circa 1964, when a Bacardi and coke was the height of sophistication and an invitation from a boy to a girl to 'come outside' could ruin a reputation... Keeping order and drying teenage tears shed over acne, puppy fat, premature ejaculation and sexual rejection (as in real life, all the most important action takes place in front of the mirrors in the loos) is the paternal figure of club owner and doorman Eric 'Rubber Legs' De Vene, a hard shell with the gooiest of centres... The music is terrific: clever, witty pastiches of the genuine sixties' articles from The Beatles to The Who from all-girl groups to Cliff and the Shadows, with delicious lyrics which power the minimal boy-meets-girl storyline along. Who cares? The freshness and vivacity of this show — although slightly overblown to fill the Novello Theatre and lacking the friendly intimacy which it had at the King's Head and the Arts — makes the compilation musicals which are currently filling the West End look like the tired fakes that they are." The Guardian
"When the Heather Brothers first put together this pastiche of Sixties tunes, the show played at the King's Head Theatre and then the Arts Theatre. In such cosy venues as these, the seven teenagers out for a good time rocking at the Club A Go-Go in 1964 might well have crammed the stage and persuaded us that round the corner out of sight were 70 others. But on the cavernous stage of the Novello Theatre, the seven 17-year-olds look pathetically isolated... The show is tremendously energetic. The dresses, by David Shilling, recreate the lovely trim lines of the mini. The hairdos are nice too, and of course they get the body language of the songs right. Clever turns of phrase occur in the lyrics, and this show must be the first, I fancy, to devote a song to the disappointments of premature ejaculation... But the show's dialogue is terrible, the teenagers never look at the band; and Waterman's legs are rubbery. I looked forward to the final curtain. Jeremy Kingston
"This joyless presentation of the Saturday night mating ritual at a dance club does not do justice to the music or anything else about the time in which it was set. Dennis Waterman in the lead role as club boss Eric is like a river fish in the middle of the ocean. He can swim, all right, but he appears to be in the wrong place. Dennis plays Eric, a tough guy with a heart of gold - a typical Waterman character. But the truth is that this show at The Novello Theatre may need Dennis Waterman's audience pulling power but it does not really need Eric at all." The Daily Mirror
A Slice Of Saturday Night in London at the Novello Theatre previewed from 6 September 1993, opened on 9 September 1993 and closed on 27 November 1993