Laughalot, Cryalot; Spamalot

Monty Python Spamalot  is currently enjoying huge success at The Playhouse Theatre, London with a new performance schedule, with two shows on Fridays (at 6pm and 9pm, so there are two chances to laugh-a-lot however bad your week’s been). The show is based on the movie Monty Python And The Holy Grail which tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Very, very, very Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, witch burnings, flying 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 Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

“The season at The Playhouse, which is directed by Christopher Luscombe, 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! During the run, there have been 27 on stage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), six outbreak of nits and 92 pairs of coconuts used.”

What the press have said about the new West End 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 – IN THESE DARK DAYS IT WILL HELP YOU LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE” – Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph

“I honestly haven’t laughed so hard and so many times in years” 5 stars – Daily Star Sunday

“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 audiences in stitches” – Mail on Sunday

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

We was invited along to a day of Dick and Dom fun, before the show the boys participated in a promotional video outside of the Playhouse, where they; along with about 100 other children chanted with banners ‘Spamalot’ and they even shouted the one and only famous ‘Bogeys’. Dick and Dom even came out to greet everyone dressed in their finest wear as King Henry and manservant Patsy.

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Once the boys were filmed chanting, dancing and doing a bit of galloping we was invited inside to watch the show. Seated in the stalls, surrounded by the odd celebrity, we had the perfect view of the stage. I wasn’t sure what to expect but knew that there would be a few giggles and we wasn’t disappointed, I have never laughed so much before, it was hilarious. The boys giggled away at parts that they understood and with mouths agape giggled with embarrassment when they heard a swear word (there are a few). The Diva of the show Carley Stenson is the fabulous Lady of The Lake and stole the show with her stunning voice singing songs such as ‘The Song that Goes like This’ with Sir Galahad.

The legends Dick and Dom proved that they are not just for the television but also have stage talent too, they have fitted into the cast brilliantly with roles that are perfect for them. Dominic’s facial expressions are hilarious, he doesn’t have as many lines as Dick but he is on stage just as much and with his very expressive dumb founded looks there are no need for words. Not only do they both act but they sing so well too, dueting in ‘I’m all Alone’, they had the audience in stitches and they seemed to be in their element singing ‘always look on the bright side of life’, which the audience got to sing along with them at the end of the show.

What Jak (my 11-year-old) has to say:

“Dick and Dom suited their characters perfectly, Dick being the self-centered, boastful King Arthur and Dom being the confused, hilarious manservant Patsy. My favourite part was when King Arthur sung ‘I’m All Alone’, even with Patsy right beside him. The chemistry of their singing and their expressions enhanced me and had me in fits”

The show is full of humour and obviously as it is a musical, lots of songs. The whole cast is superb, and even though Dick and Dom had only been on stage performing with them for a week it felt like they had been together for longer. I loved the French Castle scene, with the French Soldier spitting insults and taunting King Arthur and his Knights. The soldier makes strange noises, sticking out his tongue at King Arthur and as King Arthur tries to reason with him, he gets interrupted mid sentence with “Ah don wanna talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! Ah fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!” My self and everyone else in the audience were in fits of hysterical giggles, i had tears and my cheeks were burning with so much laughter.

I would definite recommend everyone to watch it, young, old, monty python fans you will have a ball!

We was lucky enough to be invited downstairs to the after show, where the boys got to meet and greet the cast and crew

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I think that this probably was the best part of the day for Jak, he adores Dick and Dom and occasionally embarrasses me along with his Dad by shouting Bogeys in very quiet public places (thank you Dick and Dom!) After mingling with the stars, meeting some very lovely people and eating the ginger Knights we made our way home with some fabulous memories of our day.

Spamalot, Laughalot, cryalot and in the words of my son It was Epic!

We was invited along to the show for the purpose of this review, thank you to Boom ents!

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