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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Dick and Dom Want YOU! Star in their Spamalot promotional video

Young upstarts Dick and Dom to play King Arthur and Patsy in Spamalot And they want you to star in their video!

CBBC’s Dick and Dom will star together on stage in Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre, where they will play the roles of King Arthur and Patsy from 2nd December for six weeks over the Christmas and New Year festive period.

Having found fame as presenters of double BAFTA Award winning BBC1 weekend show, Dick and Dom In Da House, Dick and Dom have presented a wide range of TV and radio show including CBBC’s Splatalot, BBC Radio 1’s The Sunday Morning Show, Sky1’s Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old and Challenge TV’s Takeshi’s Castle. They even starred on the big screen when they appeared in Horrid Henry: The Movie, but appearing together in Spamalot will be the pair’s West End musical debut.

-Dick (Richard McCourt) said; “I’ve always been a huge fan of all things Monty Python and so am very excited about the fact that I’m getting the chance to prove myself as King Arthur and take hold of the mighty Excalibur.”

-Dom (Dominic Wood) said; “Everyone knows the legendary Always Look On The Bright Side and so I can’t wait to get started as Patsy and to be able to perform the song on stage each night.”

Spamalot wants you in their video:

We’re looking for children aged 6 – 13 to star in a short video on 7th December. We will be meeting at Embankment station, London at 1.30pm and walking to the theatre with placards, chanting “Dick and Dom” who you may well get to meet! The first 50 people to confirm they would like to be involved will be given a pair of tickets to see the show on the same day at either the 2.30pm or 8pm performance.

No cash payment is offered for an appearance and the video will be used for publicity purposes. If you would like to be part of the Spamalot team for the day, simply email marketing@booments.com with your name and child’s (children’s) name and numbers and we will confirm participation. Note, you must be available on Saturday 7th December and able to meet at 1.30pm.

Showings are, Monday – Thursday at 8.00pm, Friday at 6pm and 9pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and 8.00pm (no Wednesday matinee). Running time: 2 hours – this one doesn’t drag on!

THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE Tickets: £15 – £65. ON SALE NOW

Box Office: 0844 871 7627 | www.spamalotwestend.co.uk

This is not a sponsored post, my boys are taking part in the video and i want to share the brilliant news of the casting!

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I am An Official Blogger Lollibop Ambassador 2013

I have exciting news to share with you all, we have been invited along to be Official Blogger Ambassadors for Lollibop, The Big Bash for Little People!

LolliBop takes place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London on August 16-18.  The three day event is the UK’s only festival where all the entertainment is for children.

As an official Lollibop Blogger We will be bringing you the line up for the event as and when i receive them, We will be sharing with you behind the scenes information as the build takes place at the Olympic Park, Interviews with the Lollibop talent and organisers, Discount codes and tickets to the event.

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LOLLIBOP SET TO ROCK QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK THIS SUMMER

LolliBop, The Big Bash for Little People, is returning for 2013 to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, with an incredible line-up designed to delight mini festivalgoers.

Joining some of the hottest names in kids’ entertainment, as well as hundreds of activities, workshops and interactive demos, are the Mr. Men and Little Miss Village Green Event and Shaun the Sheep’s Championsheeps LIVE!

The ever-popular Mr. Men will be hosting a fun maypole activity area and favourite characters, such as Mr. Bump, Mr. Tickle and Little Miss Sunshine, will be meeting and greeting fans at the Mr. Men and Little Miss reading hubs.

Shaun the Sheep will be personally on hand at the Championsheeps with sheepy shenanigans, including Shirley’s Pie-athalon, the Naughty Pig’s Sack Race and Get Fit with the Flock. Kids and parents are ‘wool-come’ to get involved!

Other big names confirmed so far, include:

–          LolliBop favourites Dick and Dom return with their special mix of madcap games, songs, jokes and a foam pie or two…

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–          Peppa Pig will be at the festival all weekend, meeting and greeting all her little fans

–          Sid Sloane and Andy Day will be hosting their very own Big Birthday Bash and everyone is invited! Expect lots of energetic songs and silliness and plenty of audience participation

–          Watch and learn how to ‘Copy Poppy’ with Poppy Cat on the Lolli Live stage

–          Straight from Nickelodeon to the Lolli Live Stage, The Go! Go! Go! Show are bringing brand new pop songs, catchy, easy-to-learn dance moves and loads of laughs

–          Sing and dance along with the adorable Cloudbabies mini show

–          Older LolliBoppers will love The Diary of a Wimpy Kid activity, which include exclusive clips of the author Jeff Kinney talking about the books and a master class showing how he draws the characters. There’s also a Wimp Wars quiz

–          Experience the life-size Transformer Optimus Prime Truck, along with the Transformers Station; showcasing the new Beast Hunters toys, viewings of the cartoon series Transformers Prime and free green screen pictures

–          Witness the amazing wildlife showcase with National Geographic Kids Animal Man

–          Laugh along with hilarious antics from the amazing 8ft Titan the Robot, The boys favourite last year!

Returning LolliBoppers will also see old favourites mixed with new attractions for 2013, including:

LolliBop Live – Popular CBeebies presenter Alex Winters is comparing the live stage which plays host to some of the biggest names in kids entertainment, with live music and performances from stars of stage and screen.

Lollipalladiam – is a live theatre tent showcasing performances from pioneering and internationally renowned companies and artists. This year it features Spooked, the critically acclaimed Broken Rose Performing Arts first show for children – a hilarious and spectacular blend of dance, theatre and spoken word featuring skeletons Molly, Jinny and Charlie.

Science Zone – Make a rocket, hold a dry ice cube, or get messy with gooey slime in the LolliBop lab – brimming with exploding experiments for pint sized guests to try! London’s Science Museum will also be attending with live demonstrations and interactive activities.

Run wild and have fun in the LolliSports area.  With activities including retro favourites like swingball, hula-hoop and frisbee to football tournaments and sports day style races.

3ft and under is also making a comeback but this time is it within the brand new Itsy Bitsy Zone.  Activities for babies and toddlers will include soft play, baby massage, storytelling, mini discos and much more

The Lolli Promenade  – Situated on the River Lea! We’re very lucky to have a real river running through our new home, so why not relax and enjoy an ice lolly at the Lolli Promenade which also features beach hut crafts and bandstands.

Discovery Zone – will host a number of educational, interactive and hands on activities where kids can learn a new skill like beatboxing in one of the many workshops.

Lolli Stops – Enjoy crafts from puppet making, and customised fashion workshops, to balloon modelling, and graffiti painting, there is a something to make and do around every corner.

The Meadows  – A perfect spot to chill out, enjoy your lunch and watch our special street performers.

There is also a wide selection of food and drink stalls at LolliBop.  Extensive covered buggy parks, baby changing and breast-feeding areas are also available.

For more tickets and more information: http://www.lollibopfestival.co.uk

 

 

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LolliBop festival 2012 Regents Park / Children’s summer festival

It’s nearly summer holidays and if like me your already trying to organise days out with the children the take a look at LolliBop the big bash for little people. It takes place over the space of the weekend of 17th, 18th and 19th of August in London’s Regents Park. It really is day not to be missed with plenty of entertainment and lots of things to do and a line up that would delight any little festival goer.

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I have already told you about the first ever Moshi Monster Mash up Tournament that will be taking place there, this is where children can be challenged to put their Mash Up skills to the test (This is definitely a favourite on my boys) also head over to the Moshi tent for lots of other fun and games including character appearances, monster quizzes and more! but there is plenty more fun and exciting things going on and i wanted to share them with you

Dick and Dom will be taking to the live stage to entertain the crowds with their unique blend of music and games, and if it is anything like the Mini Lollibop we attended back at the beginning of the year the children will not be disappointed. My boys came away grinning from ear to ear and also covered in foam where they got pied lol

Celebrating its first year in the West End, Shrek the Musical will also make a special appearance with a performance from the award-winning show, this will only be happening on the Sunday 19 only though

Mister Maker will also be on hand to demonstrate his unique arts and crafts skills. Mister Maker is a real life character from CBeebies who gets inspiration to make art from everything around him. Packed full of stimulating ideas, set in his own fantasy art world, prepare to expect the unexpected!

Watch the story of the Gruffalo come alive in the lollipaladium with plenty of audience interaction.

The brand new life-size Transformers Optimus Prime Truck will also be at the three day event, giving fans the chance to get up and personal with this movie legend. My boys are going to love this, I have kept this one a secret from them so they will be super excited to being seeing it!

The father and son act Stavros Flatley will be performing Expect hilarious, infectious performances of Cry of The Celts, Lord of The Dance, and Zorba The Greek. With their famous leather trousers, blonde wigs and comical dance moves, the adults will enjoy this one nearly as much as the kids! I can not wait this popular duo have been a favourite of mine for a while, they make me laugh.

The ‘LolliBop Kitchen‘ is an exciting new area, where LolliBoppers will have the chance to learn new skills from live demonstrations and interactive workshops, featuring popular blogger My Daddy Cooks.

The lively band of the Zingzillas will be jumping, jiving and grooving to a selection of their favourite songs to get your children up and moving to music from around the world. They will be performing on all 3 days, Yay! I love these guys, don’t know about you but they make me want to groove along with their songs!

New to LolliBop this year is the The Village Green which will host live music, craft stalls, and even street theatre. Titan the Robot will be performing street theatre on the Village Green, combining comedy and music to create an outstanding show. Titan is a bit of a household name these days, having performed with Will Smith, Jackie Chan, and Rhianna!

You will also be entertained by George Orange with his buzzing variety show, Bowjangles with their classy vocals, hilarious comedy and energetic dance moves. Their will be humour from Mr Armitage and Mr Shanks and Tea for Two will be combining acro balance, manipulation, comedy and magic!

A new ’Tween Town‘ area will feature a number of activities for the slighter older kids including street dance, hula-hooping, magic and beat-boxing workshops, plus an older arts and crafts tent and a brand new laser room! This area is aimed at the 10-12 year olds

Halfords will create a bespoke Bike City at LolliBop, which will include a Wacky Races obstacle course for under 5’s, where children can be the first to try out a brand new range of Balance and Apollo kids bikes. For older kids, highlights include a BMX stunt display and demo area.

For the little ones there is the ‘3ft & Under’ area. Confirmed activities include a mini disco, tiny play, little arts, baby ballet, yoga, teddy bears picnic and sing and sign. There will be two boob and botty boudoirs this year, and covered buggy parks and lollishade areas are also being created.

Old favourites, including ‘LolliSports‘, ‘Imagination Stations‘, ‘Itsy Bitsy Strictly‘ and ‘The Enchanted Forest‘ will all also return for 2012. And if that wasn’t enough, there are plenty of arts and craft activities, face painting and workshops, including circus skills.

Gosh their is so much more to tell you about why not read here for the LolliBop Line up

A wide selection of food and drink stalls are on offer to provide a welcome rest. All of the activities, stages and events are included in the entry ticket price, which starts at £22 per person. For more information, including a full programme of events, visit www.lollibopfestival.com

This childrens festival is one not to be missed and will have your children talking about it with their friends for a long time, go on make their summer a special one 🙂

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