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Monty Python's Spamalot flies to the Playhouse Theatre with Stephen Tompkinson making his West End Musical debut

Posted: 26 October 2012
Monty Python's Spamalot flies to the Playhouse Theatre with Stephen Tompkinson making his West End Musical debut

Monty Python’s Spamalot flies to the Playhouse Theatre with Stephen Tompkinson making his West End Musical debut in the role of King Arthur from 14 November 2012

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Anna-Jane Casey also joins the cast as Lady of the Lake when Monty Python’s Spamalot continues its West End run at The Playhouse Theatre following a triumphant season at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

By Eric Idle and John Du Prez
Directed by Christopher Luscombe

Charles Spencer, writing in The Daily Telegraph, sums up this new production: '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 laugher. Book yourself a ticket to Spamalot - in these dark days it will help you look on the bright side of life.'

**** 'Gloriously British, Eric Idle’s musical returns for a triumphant run'
Evening Standard

***** 'I honestly haven’t laughed so hard and so many times in years'
Daily Star Sunday

Stephen Tompkinson will make his West End musical debut starring in the lead role of King Arthur, when Monty Python’s Spamalot continues its West End run at The Playhouse Theatre from Wednesday 14 November (press night 20 November). As one of the country’s most popular actors for over 20 years, Stephen has appeared on stage in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Arsenic and Old Lace, Rattle of a Simple Man, Art and The Revengers Tragedy, while his TV roles have included Drop The Dead Donkey, Ballykissangel, Wild at Heart and DCI Banks (currently on ITV1).

Theatre star Anna-Jane Casey (Cats, Grease, Starlight Express, Mack and Mabel, West Side Story and Chicago) steps into the role of The Lady of The Lake, while Todd Carty* (Grange Hill, Eastenders, The Bill) will continue in the role of Patsy.

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.

The new season at The Playhouse follows Eric Idle’s acclaimed performance of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony – the world sang along, and Spamalot audiences get the opportunity to do so too!

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.

This new production completed an amazingly successful 8 week run in September this year at The Harold Pinter Theatre. During the run, there have been 13 onstage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), one outbreak of nits and 57 pairs of coconuts used. Spamalot’s other new cast will be announced soon.

What the press have said about the new 2012 production:

'Just give way to your inner child and laugh a lot!'
The Times

**** & Critics Choice
Time Out London

***** 'I honestly haven’t laughed so hard and so many times in years'
Daily Star Sunday

**** 'Gloriously British, Eric Idle’s musical returns for a triumphant run'
Evening Standard

'Eric Idle has come up with a simpler, shorter and zingier version. Book yourself a ticket to Spamalot – in these dark days, it will help you look on the Bright Side of Life'
Daily Telegraph

'A lovely pudding of British silliness topped off with Eric Idle's hilarious songs!'
Magic 105.4

'Lovingly reformed from the classic film, the new Spamalot had the audience in stitches'
Mail on Sunday

'Spamalot is really great. If you haven’t seen it, go, GO'
Chris Tarrant, BBC Radio 2
 

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