Spamalot Rides Back in to Oxford
Following three excessively silly years in the West End, Monty Python’s Spamalot is unleashed (again) on an unsuspecting nation from January 2015. Joe Pasquale and Todd Carty embark on Quest for the Holy Grail at theatres across the United Kingdom.
Following the Pythons’ incredible 10 night sell-out run at London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python’s Spamalot will gallop back out on tour from January next year, to bring the West End production to theatres across the land (to the sound of banging coconut shells).
It will be at the New Theatre Oxford from February 9-14 (7:30pm with a 2:30pm matinee show on Wednesday and Saturday).
Joe Pasquale will reprise his much loved role of King Arthur alongside Todd Carty as Patsy (making up the Spamalot Dream Team).
Having first played King Arthur for a successful West End run last summer, comedian Joe Pasquale is pleased as punch to be back in the role (he would be pleased as Holy Grail Ale, but it’s not really got the same ring to it). Todd Carty starred as Patsy from the very start of this production, both on tour and in the West End run.
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.
Joe said: “I loved my time as King Arthur in the West End production. I am very excited to have been asked to return for the new UK Tour. I will be joining a fantastic Spamalot cast and can’t wait to get back on my invisible horse as we search the land for The Holy Grail.”
Todd said: “I’m dusting down my coconuts as we speak, so that Patsy can go on a new adventure with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.”
Joe’s performance has been described as ‘Joe Pasquale at his very best’, it is said he has a ‘loveable quality’ and that his ‘comic touches and ad-libs work perfectly in the fast-paced dialogue’.
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, 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’.
The latest tour, which is directed by Christopher Luscombe, follows hot on the heels of the can’t-believe-how-successful-it-was-with-the-first-show-selling-out-in-40-seconds Monty Python Reunion at The O2 and 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 West End run, there were 21 onstage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), three outbreak of nits and 92 pairs of coconuts used.
Eric Idle says of the show: “Spamalot is fun. The new production is funnier, it’s more like a Python show. There are new costumes and new sets and a new director (Christopher Luscombe), so it’s just got a whole different spirit to it.”
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