Howard Panter (Mr West End himself) for The Ambassador Theatre Group presents Monty Python's Spamalot, a new musical lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, directed by Christopher Luscombe. Galloping into the West End for a truly bespoke season at the Harold Pinter Theatre (long pause) Tuesday 24 July – Sunday 9 September 2012 (press night Tuesday 31 July). Tickets on sale now.
Full mega star casting (their agent's trumpets roar!) Two Arthurs for the price of one. Marcus Brigstocke and Jon Culshaw share the role of Arthur, King of the Britons (much too complicated performance schedule below), Todd Carty will bang two coconuts together as Patsy Bonnie Langford is Lady of The Lake (when you can see her), and Eric Idle plays GOD* (see small print).
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a kind-of new musical with a book by Eric Idle and an entirely new score for the new production, (well, almost) created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. Following a staggering national romp, this new production will begin a petite West End season at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Tuesday 24 July.
Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings (cancelled due to health and safety) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention, including He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation's Favourite Comedy Song (Reader's Digest Poll 2010 - before it went bust) Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
The full company includes; Robin Armstrong as Sir Bedevere, Rob Delaney as Sir Robin, Adam Ellis as Prince Herbert, Kit Orton as Sir Lancelot and Jon Robyns as Sir Galahad, along with Amelia Adams Pearce, Tim Bonser, Michael Burgen, Rachel Knowles, Hannah Malekzad, James Nelson and Paul Bullion. Spamalot is directed by Christopher Luscombe and features Eric Idle himself as God (see small print)*.
This new production began in May 2010 and during that time there have been seven onstage moustache incidents, one suspected case of swine flu (French pigs!), one outbreak of nits and 36 pairs of coconuts used (That Todd Carty is stronger than he looks!). The cast "Looked on the Bright Side of Life" eight times a week, and, everyone has to sing along.
* As a filmed recording. As if we could afford to cart this God-like comic in every night.
Harold Pinter THEATRE is located at Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN. Tickets £15 - £65. Box Office 0844 871 7627 or www.atgtickets.com.