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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