MON 30 MAR – SAT 4 APR
Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
The opening show was a riot of colour and laughter. The packed house appeared delighted with the antics of the cast headed by Joe Pasquale playing King Arthur. They really excelled during the first half with the singing of Sarah Earnshaw,The lady of the Lake, a clear winner along with ensemble dancers Holly Easterbrook and Abigail Climer.
Some of the political jokes were very 1970’s and would be lost on today’s younger generation and the show was a little camp in the second half when the script ran out of fresh ideas. But overall it was a great romp with a stage full of medieval castles and magical forests. Ideal for older children during the school holidays with lots of noise, movement and sing-along songs. It’s good for a laugh.
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.
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 2015 SPAMALOT UK Tour follows the hugely successful run at The Playhouse in London, directed by Christopher Luscombe. During the run at The Playhouse, there were 18 onstage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), one outbreak of nits and 87 pairs of coconuts used.
Joe Pasquale plays King Arthur. One of the country’s most popular funny men for over 20 years, Joe has appeared in six Royal Variety Performances, the UK Tour of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, The Wizard of Oz and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Also stand-up shows including the 1996 £1 million tour Live and Squeaky, Joe Pasquale Summer 2013 Tour and playing super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes, in Ha, Ha, Holmes.
On screen he voiced characters for the Hollywood films Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties and Horton Hears A Who!, hosted ITV1’s The Price Is Right and An Audience With Joe Pasquale and guest presented Channel 4’s Paul O’Grady Show.
Joe won the 2004 series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and appeared ITV1’s Dancing on Ice in 2013, before returning again for the final series alongside his Spamalot co-stars Bonnie Langford and Todd Carty.
Todd Carty makes a welcome return as Patsy. Having become a household favourite while playing Tucker Jenkins in Grange Hill and Tucker’s Luck (when he was just knee-high to a serf), then as Mark Fowler in Eastenders, Todd Carty returns to the latest UK Tour after appearing on the final series of ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.
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