Reviewed by Darryl Ryznar
Monty Python’s Spamalot is billed as “a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and what a musical it is! Written by original Monty Python star, Eric Idle, the comedy musical follows the (same) story of King Arthur (Bob Harms) and his assistant Patsy (Rhys Owen) – and his coconuts – as they travel round the UK to find the knights of the round table. Along the way, they recruit Sir Lancelot (Jonathan Tweedie), Sir Galahad (Norton James), Sir Robin (Stephen Arden) and Sir Bedevere (Marc Akinfolarin) when God appears and tells them to find the Holy Grail – and so their quest begins. Hilarity, fun and frolics ensue, and they meet plenty of characters along the way, including the beautiful Lady of the Lake (Sarah Harlington). The Knight’s fight the Black Knight, slay the Rabbit of Caerbannog and rescue a ‘Damsel’ in distress, all in true Monty Python style! I don’t want to give away the ending, but as they say in the film, always look on the bright side of life…
With favourite, well-known songs (Always Look on the Bright Side of Life; Knights of the Round Table; The Song That Goes Like This) and hilarious ditties, such as opening with the famous ‘Fisch Shlapping Dance’ (“I said ENGLAND not FINLAND!”) the comedic timing was spot on – the cast had obviously studied the original Holy Grail film in depth. The cast’s mannerisms and expressions were faultless – from the French soldiers to The Knights of Ni, it was all very true to the original. The highly talented Harlington didn’t miss a note – even if she only sang live 99.9% of the time during ‘Whatever Happened to My Part’…. Overall, an absolutely fantastic performance – the cast left to rapturous applause and cheers of ‘Always Look on the Brightside of Life’.
Taking place at the historic, iconic King’s Theatre in Edinburgh’s bustling West End, the theatre is easily accessible by bus, train or car (on street parking is free after 6.30pm). Plenty of good bars and restaurants nearby too, so very easy to make a knight out of it…
5 stars all round – for anyone who is a fan of Monty Python, this is a must see, so I’d advise you to mount up and dash on…. giddy up Patsy!
Monty Python’s Spamalot is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 26-30 September 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.edtheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000