The Australian premiere will begin performances Nov. 20 and officially open Dec. 1. Mike Nichols direts the musical that features a book by Eric Idle based on the screenplay he co-wrote with Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The score features music and lyrics by Idle and composer John Du Prez ("A Fish Called Wanda").
Bille Brown will star as King Arthur with a cast that includes newcomer Lucinda Shaw as The Lady of the Lake, Stephen Hall as Sir Lancelot and Derek Metzger as Patsy.
Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest from God for the Holy Grail — with a short stop in the dazzling Spam-filled land of Camelot.
The musical took home prizes at the 2005 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Direction (Nichols) and Best Featured Actress (Sara Ramirez). The original Decca Broadway cast album earned the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
In addition to Broadway production at the Shubert Theatre, the show can be seen in the West End at the Palace Theatre, on a national U.S. tour and in Las Vegas at the Grail Theatre in the Wynn Las Vegas resort.
Boyett Ostar Productions and Michael Coppel will produce in Australia.
Tickets to Spamalot will go on sale in September. The show's website can be found at montypythonsspamalot.com.