Until Sat Apr 12
(C) Matrix Pictures
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Nov 21 2012
Current cast includes CBBC's Dick and Dom as King Arthur and Patsy.
Fans of 'The Holy Grail', look away no… actually, don't bother. You've already seen it.
For the first hour of the show, ‘Spamalot’ grinds along, tediously reproducing the faux-Arthurian script word-for-word in some sort of bizarre theatrical interpretation of Xeroxing. A scrubbed-pink Les Dennis gargles songs about being Arthur in a strangled RP falsetto that’s half an octave away from his Mavis Riley impersonation. And Warwick Davis’s turn as Patsy – on his West End debut – is as animated as the wooden backdrop. By the interval, given what they’ve done to the original, you’re hoping they at least bought it dinner first.
Still, as the second half gets underway, we’re urged to ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’. And – despite the song being crowbarred into a performance of ‘The Holy Grail’ rather than ‘The Life of Brian’, from whence it came – it’s advice that’s hard not to follow. After all, how often do you get to watch a ‘Celebrity Masterchef’ reject awkwardly sweating his way through scat jazz while an ex-Ewok gets brained by a giant fluffy cow? Plus, the show actually deviates from the ‘Holy Grail’ – and it’s not half bad.
There’s a charmingly daft reimagining of The Knights of Ni as knights who attempt to sing the chorus to ‘True Colours’. And as the plot gets increasingly po-mo – chorus singers dressed like clipboard-toting stage hands, a challenge to create a hit West End musical, an attempt to find the grail behind ‘the fourth wall’ – you can almost forgive deliberately cheapo production values that see the knights of the round table resplendent in cotton-wool fringed bedspreads.
Almost. Just depends how much of the original you can remember, really.
By Alexi Duggins
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disappointed with the changes from the original production. seems to have become more Panto based and the set and costumes felt quite cheap. Not impressed with Joe Pasquale as King Arthur kept turning it into a stand up performance but thoroughly enjoyed the performances by everyone else on stage!! Very strong cast if Joe was taken out of the equation!
I never saw the original Monty Python film and thoroughly enjoyed the play. It is marvellously overacted with ridiculous jokes and it was lovely to see actors taking the Michael out of their own profession with skillful ad libbing. It is definitely not for the "intellectual" but I loved it and enjoyed simple humour resulting in belly laughs from most of the audience. The theatre is small and intimate and really suits the play and Joe Pascuale did a great job along with Bonnie Langford and the rest of the crew. We left the theatre having being thoroughly entertained.
Great fun, though my daughter was wondering whether the actors had already completed their acting school
It was simple and refreshing. The small cast and simple set let us enjoy the witty remarks and fun play on words all the more. It clearly was very close to the movie but still managed to keep some extra surprises and the Monty Python tone was there. The jokes on the West End and the showbiz were dead on! All in all a simply great show and a fun night out!
It was hilarious! Well played, well sung and just great. Even though I haven't seen much of Monty Python before, I enjoyed every bit. The cast was brilliant - very energetic and engaging!
Such a brilliant show, very funny and well adapted for stage! Drinks and snacks were not too expensive. Well worth a night out!
Absolutly extraordinary to see! The full spirit of Monty Python's in music, specially dedicated to West End London district aim. This show must be seen by all Monty Python's admirers and those who like entertaining, enthusiastic, humoristic and energic show. It's simple to say, you'll laugh from beginning till end!