Previewed 24 July 2012, Opened 31 July 2012, Closed 9 September 2012 at the Harold Pinter Theatre Previewed 14 November 2012, Opened 20 November 2012, Closed 12 April 2014 at the Playhouse Theatre
A special 're-staged' version of the musical Monty Python's Spamalot in London directed by Christopher Luscombe.
Monty Python's Spamalot has been 'lovingly ripped-off' from the screenplay of the Pythons' best-loved film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, by former Python Eric Idle. Spamalot the musical tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, and features the hilarious songs 'He is Not Dead Yet'; 'Knights of the Round Table'; ' Find Your Grail'; and of course the Nation's Favourite Comedy Song: 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'! The musical has book and lyrics by Eric Idle with music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle.
The original cast at the Harold Pinter Theatre featured Marcus Brigstocke and Jon Culshaw who shared the role of 'King Arthur', Bonnie Langford as 'Lady of the Lake', Todd Carty as 'Patsy', Kit Orton as 'Sir Lancelot', Jon Robyns as 'Sir Galahad', Robin Armstrong as 'Sir Bedevere', Rob Delaney as 'Sir Robin', and Adam Ellis as 'Prince Herbert', with Amelia Adams-Pearce, Tim Bonser, Paul Bullion, Michael Burgen, Rachel Knowles, Hannah Malekzad and James Nelson.
The original cast at the Playhouse Theatre featured Stephen Tompkinson as 'King Arthur', Anna-Jane Casey as 'Lady of the Lake', Todd Carty as 'Patsy', Graham MacDuff as 'Sir Lancelot', Jon Robyns as 'Sir Galahad', Robin Armstrong as 'Sir Bedevere', Rob Delaney as 'Sir Robin', and Adam Ellis as 'Prince Herbert', with Amelia Adams-Pearce, Paul Bullion, Chris Jenkins, Rachel Knowles, Hannah Malekzad, James Nelson, Graham Newell and Matthew Russell-Jones.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe with choreography Jenny Arnold, designs by Hugh Durrant, and lighting by Nick Richings.
"Former Python Eric Idle has come up with a simpler, shorter and zingier version, which in Christopher Luscombe's fresh-as-paint production, recalls Monty Python's roots in undergraduate review. The lady sitting next to me spent most of the show physically helpless with laughter ... In these dark days it will help you look on the bright side of life" The Daily Telegraph
"Resurfacing in London three years after the original West End run came to an end, this touring version of Eric Idle's 'loving rip-off' of Monty Python And The Holy Grail bursts with topical references. A Mayor of London lookalike cycles across the stage on a Boris bike, there's a line about the soggy Jubilee and gags on the Olympics include a barb about teaching Seb Coe how to fill seats in a large venue. But I remain bemused that this proudly low-brow show, reliant on naughty words, silly names and putting grown men in frocks, was seen as the height of sophistication on Broadway where it swept the board at the Tony awards. With its one-joke songs that point up the flimsiness of the writing and its colourful sets, it looks like a nicely made, heartily danced pantomime arriving in the wrong season." The Daily Express
Monty Python's Spamalot in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre previewed from 24 July 2012, opened on 25 July 2012 and closed on 9 September 2012, returned to London at the Playhouse Theatre previewed from 14 November 2012, opened on 20 November 2012 and closes 12 April 2014.
Previewed 30 September 2006, Opened 16 October 2006, Closed 3 January 2009
The original West End production, based on the hit Broadway version, of the musical comedy Spamalot featuring a new score with music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez which includes three songs from the 1975 film. This stage musical version is directed by Mike Nichols. Please Note: Recommended for eights and up only.
"Eric Idle's Spamalot, a puerile, tacky, panto rip-off of the film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, became an instant cult on Broadway. Whether this was in spite, or actually because, of its very British, very blokeish sense of humour, I couldn't fathom then. But last week the show came home to the delighted chortling of thousands of superannuated Python fans. Not mine. The show isn't even overheated leftovers of a stodgy Seventies British recipe; it's a lazy, parasitic piece, a shameless reprocessing of favourite Python moments with a garnish of farting jokes. But it might have been something completely different. Indeed, it might, had Idle and composer John Du Prez bothered, been a brilliant burlesque. For in The Song That Goes Like This, when King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake burst into a hilarious spoof of an Andrew Lloyd Webber number, the show fleetingly takes off... Otherwise, not a knight nor a night to remember." The Mail on Sunday
"There are plenty of silly jokes here, have no fear... The entire cast enjoys itself tremendously. And it's infectious... If there are moments, as with all Python productions, that strike you as puzzlingly unfunny, they are few and far between. There is a lot to be said for anything that raises silliness to an art form - glorious, irresistible silliness - and puts a goofy grin on your face for the best part of two hours." The Sunday Times
Spamalot in London at the Palace Theatre previewed from 30 September 2006, opened on 16 October 2006 and closed on 3 January 2009