It’s no surprise that a musical based around the sketches and films by Monty Python would have sell-out shows every night and the latest SPAMALOT tour doesn’t fail getting bums on seats.
Director: Daniel Buckroyd
Book and Lyrics: Eric Idle
Screenplay: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Starring: Bob Harms, Sarah Harlington, Rhys Owen, Jonathan Tweedie, Norton James, Stephen Arden, Marc Akinforlarin
Theatre: Bridlington Spa
Touring: 2017/2018 – various locations across the UK
To many people, the characters and story will be familiar as it is based around the various films created by Monty Python but nevertheless the production doesn’t fail to keep you entertained throughout.
The story follows King Arthur (Harms) and his Knights of the Round Table in their quest to find the Holy Grail.
Upon their journey they encounter a number of strange and unusual people including cow-throwing Frenchman, the Knights Who Say Ni, and the stage-stealing diva Lady of the Lake (Harlington).
Although I have already seen another stage version of this musical, this new touring production was without a doubt one of the funniest plays I have seen.
Judging by the fact that the whole theatre was full to the brim shows that it wasn’t just me who found it to be extremely hilarious.
Whether you are a fan of Monty Python or not, you’ll more than likely enjoy it and you’ll find yourself humming along to well-known songs from the films including ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’.
The show has everything from long dance sequences through to more heart-warming songs but the element of comedy was there throughout.
Although a musical, often the fourth wall is broken and the audience is spoken to directly. I usually am sceptical when it comes to direct conversations with the audience but the way the show is written perfectly executes this.
The audience interaction makes the play seem somewhat of a pantomime, however, it is definitely not family-friendly.
Despite the entire cast continually making the audience howl with laughter, the scene-stealer goes to Harlington as the Lady of the Lake.
Although the character is not actually part of the Monty Python movies, the Lady of the Lake is one of the funniest creations by the comedy group.
Constantly demanding to be centre stage and have the limelight on her at all times is amusing to say the least.
The character has a number of Dreamgirls-esque songs and Harlington doesn’t shy away from getting into character.
Belting out numbers such as ‘Whatever Happened to my Part’ and ‘The Song That Goes Like This’, Harlington clearly shows her talent as a singer and actress.
Using simple set designs and costumes, the show really reinforces the comedy that Monty Python were and are still known for today.
The original show opened on Broadway back in 2005 and ever since has been a popular hit among fans of Monty Python and those not so fond of it.
Luckily for those who haven’t yet seen the show, it is going on nationwide tour stopping at places including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and Wimbledon.
I would highly recommend seeing the show as it truly captures the heart and comedy of Monty Python and will leave you with a quest to find your own grail.