7-11 April 2015
Reviewed by Ruth Paulus
Last night I attended the first night of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. This theatre is very easy to get to and there are a number of car parks advertised on the Mayflower’s website. Alternatively the train station is a stone’s throw away from the theatre. When you walk up to the Mayflower, the outside looks like a normal building but once inside the theatre itself you get a nostalgic feeling of how theatres would have made you feel in times gone by. The Mayflower has 3 bars with an array of different drinks and snacks on offer. As we arrived early we decided to have a quick drink before the show started. The members of staff at the Mayflower are all friendly and welcoming and have been every time I have been to see a show at this venue.
After finishing our drinks we entered the auditorium to wait for Spamalot to begin. I would say that the only downside to this theatre is the seating. The seats could do with being refitted as where we were sat this time had a feeling of listing to one side! However our excitement overrode our numb bottoms on the seat and the show began. The person I took with me to see this performance was my mother as she used to watch Monty Python before I was born, although I have myself seen ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. This show is basically a mixture of the quest for the Holy Grail blended with songs from Monty Python and a range of new music to go with it. Spamalot is vibrant production filled with colour, fun and a bit of adlibbing here and there which makes for a barrel of laughs and even the audience gets some involvement within the performance. Joe Pasquale who makes an entertaining King Arthur with a comical and quick witted sense of humour is followed around by his loveable sidekick Patsy played by Todd Carty. Their quest for the grail leads them to gathering a party of knights together to help them unearth their treasure. The rest of the cast give a stellar performance and provide a delightful bout of giggles amongst the audience.
Both my mother and I would definitely recommend Spamalot to other people we know and both give this show a 5/5. This performance is definitely worth watching and you will leave with a smile on your face and if not a smile then Spamalot leaves you with one thing you should always remember, “Always look on the bright side of life……”
Tickets cost from £17.50 to £39.50.
Monty Python’s Spamalot is at the Mayflower Theatre until 11 April 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811