King Arthur Comes Home: Spamalot Begins Previews in West End Sept. 30

News   King Arthur Comes Home: Spamalot Begins Previews in West End Sept. 30 After proving a hit in New York, the self-lampooning musical company Monty Python’s Spamalot begins previews Sept. 30 in the country which first produced its source material.
Christopher Sieber returns to the role of Sir Galahad in the London production of Spamalot.
Christopher Sieber returns to the role of Sir Galahad in the London production of Spamalot. Photo by Joan Marcus

The West End production plays at the Palace Theatre, where it will officially open on Oct. 16. The cast features original Broadway members Tim Curry as King Arthur and Christopher Sieber as Sir Galahad. The cast of the London version also includes Hannah Waddingham (Lautrec, The Beautiful Game, Tonight’s the Night) in the role of The Lady of the Lake, David Birrell (Grand Hotel, Chicago) as Patsy, Tom Goodman-Hill (The Cosmonaut’s Last Message) as Sir Lancelot and Robert Hands (Chicago, Mamma Mia), who takes on the part of Sir Robin.

Eric Idle based the musical’s book on the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the screenplay for which Idle wrote with fellow Pythons Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

Directed by Mike Nichols (Tony-winning productions of Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and The Real Thing), Spamalot won the Tony Award for Best Musical of 2005 plus the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards in the same category.

Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights' quest for the Holy Grail, Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas (and serfs), flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and a legless knight.

The show includes new music and lyrics by Idle and John du Prez, who wrote the original film score from which the musical has “lovingly ripped off” three songs. The creative team also includes Casey Nicholaw (choreography) and Tim Hatley, who provides set and costume designs. Idle and du Prez, who have scored over 20 movies, are longstanding collaborators.

Spamalot is booking at London’s Palace theatre until March 31, 2007.

For more information call (0)870 8900142.

Tim Curry (pictured with the ensemble of the original Broadway cast) returns to <i>Spamalot</i> in the U.K.
Tim Curry (pictured with the ensemble of the original Broadway cast) returns to Spamalot in the U.K. Photo by Joan Marcus
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