The Genesis of Spamalot and More Play at Monty Python Screen Series in NY and LA

News   The Genesis of Spamalot and More Play at Monty Python Screen Series in NY and LA
While the British comedy troupe's "Holy Grail" plays on Broadway as Spamalot, The Museum of Television & Radio will present "The IN-complete History of Monty Python" in New York and Los Angeles, April 1-June 12.

The screening series of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" episodes that brought the team its acclaim in both England and the United States. The scene in which the satiric sextet first extolled the Hormel product SPAM is included in the lineup in addition to material performed by members outside the original series.

The schedule is as follows:



  • April 1-14 Sex and Violence
    "Rarely seen pre-Python material" including John Cleese on "Frost Over England," the premiere of the children's series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" by Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin as well as segments of Cleese and Graham Chapman on "At Last the 1948 Show." Also includes the first two episodes of "Monty Python's Flying Circus."  



  • April 15-28 Full Frontal Nudity
    Three Python episodes which include such sketches as "Hell's Grannies," "Dead Parrot," and Michael Palin as "A.T. Hun." Also to feature clips of John Cleese and Graham Chapman on "The Ed Sullivan Show," a sketch from "At Last the 1948 Show" and Palin's 1989 "The Tonight Show" visit.  



  • April 29-May 12 Spam
    "One of the Python’s best-remembered episodes" with a beloved restaurant where everything comes with the spreadable meat product. Also features an excerpt from "At Last the 1948 Show," "The Tonight Show" appearance by Michael Palin and the group's second German production, "Monty Python Blodeln für Deutschland."  



  • May 13-26 Royal Episode Thirteen
    The Python episode featuring "Exploding Blue Danube" and the "Fish-Slapping Dance" of "Mr. & Mrs. Brian Norris' Ford Popular." Evening also includes "Scott of the Antarctic/Sahara," John Cleese 1983 appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" and Eric Idle playing Prince Charles on "Saturday Night Live."  



  • May 27–June 9 Idle Pleasures
    Further adventures of Pythoner Eric Idle including "Rutland Weekend Television" and the Beatles spoof, "The Rutles: All You Need is Cash" in collaboration with Neil Innes. The Museum of Television & Radio in New York is located at 25 West 52 Street while the California institution can be found at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. Suggested contribution are as follows: Members (free), adults ($10), senior citizens and students ($8) and children under fourteen ($5). Admission is free in Los Angeles. For more information, call the Museum in New York at (212) 621-6800, in Los Angeles at (310) 786-1000, or visit the website at

    Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Angels in America") directs the new musical inspired by the 1975 feature film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" which landed at Broadway's Shubert Theatre for a St. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) start and a St. Patrick's Day (March 17) opening.

    The self-proclaimed "lovingly ripped-off" show features a completely new score with music and lyrics by Idle and composer John Du Prez ("A Fish Called Wanda") with a book by Idle based on the screenplay he co-wrote with Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

    The new musical stars Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Show, "Clue") as King Arthur, David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier," The Heidi Chronicles) as Sir Robin, Hank Azaria ("The Birdcage," Sexual Perversity in Chicago) as Sir Lancelot, Christopher Seiber (Into The Woods) as Sir Galahad, Michael McGrath (Wonderful Town) as Patsy et al., Steve Rosen (The Golem) as Sir Bedevere and Sara Ramirez (A Class Act) as The Lady of the Lake.

    The show website can be found at


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