Monty Python‘s Spamalot, written by Eric Idle and based on the classic 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is a totally bonkers musical tells the ancient tale of King Arthur and his gallant knights on their search for the Holy Grail.
Unfortunately the theatre was relatively quiet for an opening night performance and I wondered if this was in part due to the lack of stars, however the strength of the cast and production by time the show ended, proved they did not need famous “names” to make it a successful and a thoroughly enjoyable evening out.
Bob Harms as King Arthur, plays everything straight as opposed to all the madness going on around him. He is especially comical when he sings I’m All Alone, aided by the likable Rhys Owen, who plays his trusty, ever-present servant Patsy, These two make a great double act.
The most unforgettable performance of the evening is delivered by Sarah Harlington as the Lady of the Lake, the over-the-top diva who’s a vocal powerhouse. Her performance of “Whatever Happened to My Part” is a literal showstopper.
The entire cast shine brightly and praise must go to each and every one of them as they put their own personal comic stamps onto their individual and sometimes multiple characters, This show is a laugh from beginning to end.
Catch this production and this cast on their tour or regret it!
Reviewed by Neil McFarlane