Spamalot is the Monty Python musical that has been “lovingly ripped off” from the acclaimed 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The original Broadway production of Spamalot won three Tony Awards including the awards for Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Spamalot also won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Musical Show Album.
Following a successful West End debut in 2006 at the Palace Theatre, the show now ventures to Christchurch from 8th – 11th June 2016 for another cheeky romp through Camelot.
The plot of Spamalot is almost exactly the same as the Holy Grail; King Arthur along with his squire, Patsy and a selection of knights go on an epic quest to find the Holy Grail. The quest lead the troupe to a French castle, into the dangerous clutches of the Black Knight and a loathsome bunny rabbit, to a rendezvous with the knights that say knee, and into an intimate liaison with the Lady of the Lake.
Unlike the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is jam packed with silly songs to match the action. The opening number “Finland”/ “Fisch Schlapping Dance” was created especially for the show along with other original songs such as “I Am Not Dead Yet,” “The Song that Goes Like This,” and “The Diva’s Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part.” The show also includes the song originally made famous by Monty Python in The Life of Brian, “Always Look in the Bright Side of Life” which is always a crowd pleaser!
Spamalot is all singing, all dancing silliness; it is rather like an adult pantomime! The show pokes fun at theatre whilst revelling in the gaiety of live performance.
- King Arthur: Mark Everitt
- Patsy: Ian Metcalfe
- Lady of the Lake: Becky Willis
- Sir Galahad: Rossano Saltfleet
- Sir Robin: James Dixon-Box
- Sir Lancelot: Sean Hardy
- Sir Bedevere: Oliver Faulkner
- Prince Herbert / Not Dead Fred: Neil Tallant
- Director: David Sandham
- Musical Director: James Stead
- Choreographer: Lauren Hillier
Spamalot is showing at The Regent Centre, Christchurch from Wednesday 8 until Saturday 11 June 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm.
Tickets available here or by phoning 01202 499199