Reviewed by Emma Booth
Me and my partner attended the opening night of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking last night (14 November 2017).
This musical comedy is based on the motion picture Monty python and the Holy Grail, which was the most successful and silliest of all the Monty Python films filmed back in the mid 70’s. This retake of the Holy Grail sticks true to the film with the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in their haphazard quest to find the holy grail. Along the way they come across the Lady of the Lake with her beautiful charm and intrigue and fight off a crazed rabbit and encounter ferocious French men. You have to have a certain sense of humour to enjoy a show like this, I think you either enjoy it or you won’t, but for me it’s right up my street, it’s just plain silly but hilarious from start to finish. The way King Arthur is followed behind by Patsy clapping his coconuts to make the horses sounds is so funny and never gets old. The show has a somewhat camp feel to it, especially in one of the songs in the second part with glitzy costumes and high kicks, everyone was in fits of giggles. The comedy timing was perfect but how they all kept a straight face is beyond me, I haven’t laughed so hard in a theatre for a very long time.
The show has a strong adult theme at times so isn’t suitable for a younger audience, but is perfect for those who remember the Monty Python films. This show has had a big input from Eric idle who was one of the original members of the Monty Python team, so you can expect a top-notch script with superb acting and lots of silly hilarious fun.
All the actors were brilliant; Sarah Harlington does a fabulous job playing the Lady of the Lake and Bob Harms played an unforgettable King Arthur. The highlight was the song “Always look on the bright side of life”, I think most people will have heard the song and the famous whistle that goes with it and at the end it’s sung again for everyone to clap whistle and join in.
A thoroughly enjoyable night. The New Victoria Theatre is always a joy to visit with friendly staff. There’s people doing bag checks on the way in which is sad to see, but a sign of the times but doesn’t add to much time to entry.
I would definitely recommend Spamalot. If you enjoyed the films you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Tickets cost from £21.40 to £45.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Monty Python’s Spamalot is at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from 14-18 November 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/new-victoria-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7645.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6GQ