Spamalot to End Melbourne Engagement in April

News   Spamalot to End Melbourne Engagement in April
The Australian production of Monty Python's Spamalot — which began previews at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne Nov. 20, 2007 — will close in April.

The Tony-winning musical, which officially opened in Australia Dec. 1, will play its final performance April 5, according to Variety.

Australian producer Michael Coppel told the industry paper, "The Australian production, which will have been seen by over 150,000 people when it closes, has been lauded as one of the best mounted anywhere in the world."

Currently, no other Australian cities are scheduled to see Spamalot, although producers said that touring options are being considered.

The Australian production of Spamalot was nominated for nine 2007 Green Room Awards.

Mike Nichols direted 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 stars as King Arthur with 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.

Boyett Ostar Productions and Michael Coppel produced the Australian run.

The show's website can be found at

Spamalot can be seen in New York at the Shubert Theatre.

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