Charles Shaughnessy and Rachel York Star in Ogunquit Spamalot Starting Aug. 18

By Andrew Gans
August 18, 2010

The Ogunquit Playhouse's production of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Monty Python's Spamalot plays Aug. 18-Sept. 11 at the Maine venue.



The cast is headed by Charles Shaughnessy ("The Nanny," "Days of Our Lives"; Orson's Shadow at Pasadena Playhouse) as King Arthur and Rachel York (Broadway's City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria, Sly Fox, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as the Lady of the Lake. Scott Taylor directs and choreographs.

The company also includes Richard Costa as Sir Bedevere, Matthew Greer as Sir Lancelot and Jeffrey Denman as Sir Robin.

Spamalot features a book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, direction by Mike Nichols, choreography by Casey Nicholaw and is based on the screenplay of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

The musical 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.

Spamalot earned the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and took home honors for direction (Mike Nichols) and one of its stars (Sara Ramirez).

Monty Python's Spamalot, the 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, ended its reign at Broadway's Shubert Theatre Jan. 11, 2009.

The summer season kicked off June 9 with the award-winning The Drowsy Chaperone,  and continues with Monty Python's Spamalot (Aug. 18-Sept. 11) and Chicago (Sept. 15-Oct. 24).

For more information visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call (207) 646-5511.