Spamalot to Receive London Debut

News   Spamalot to Receive London Debut The Tony-winning Broadway musical Monty Python’s Spamalot will begin performances at London’s Palace Theatre Oct. 2. Neither the opening night nor the casting has been announced.

Currently, the New York production features Simon Russell Beale in the role of King Arthur. Tickets for the show’s London debut will be on sale beginning Feb. 21.

Eric Idle based the book of the musical 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. Nichols was also honored with the Tony for his direction.

Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their 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 also features 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 has scored over 20 movies, are longstanding collaborators. On Broadway Spamalot is still playing the Shubert Theatre where the show opened on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2005) after previews started on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, 2005).