Spamalot – 2004
The Pythons are back ! Well, sort of. Spamalot is the award winning musical comedy, adapted (‘lovingly ripped off from”) the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, by former Python Eric Idle.
Previewing in Chicago USA in 2004, the show has toured all over the world, indeed, during its initial run of over 1,500 performances it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million.
The show can still be seen in the UK today playing London’s West End.
Whilst like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, there are some subtle differences from the film, in that it is a musical comedy.
Too many to list as the show has traveled all over the world and been running since 2005. British performers have included Jodie Prenger and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
John Du Prez
Lyrics: Eric idle
Book: Eric Idle
Previewed at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre (now the Bank of America Theatre) on 21st December 2004
Don’t forget another adaptation: Tonight 9.0opm BBC4: Hancock’s Half Hour: The New Neighbour!