15-20 June 2015
Reviewed by Rachael Osborne
Lots of friends had been to see this and highly recommended it so I was excited at being given the opportunity to see it! I’ve always enjoyed watching Monty Python and couldn’t wait for it to start. It is described as ‘The hit musical lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and The Holy Grail.’ Spamalot follows the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they go on a quest to find the Holy Grail. Cue lots of clashing coconuts and hilarious hammed up acting.
We went to the Milton Keynes Theatre in Milton Keynes. There was ample pay and display parking nearby, and after 6pm parking where we were (next to John Lewis) was free. The theatre was clean, welcoming and had a wonderful ambience with a pianist playing the grand piano. We were met at the door and warmly welcomed by the staff. All the staff that we interacted with were very helpful and polite. The toilets were lovely and clean, as always, and easy to find.
From the outset the performances were hilarious and engaging. The energy levels and facial expressions were simply amazing. The set was simple and effective, with parts added to it for the various scenes, for example the castle battlements. The musical numbers were simply brilliant and perfectly, hilariously performed. The role of King Arthur was performed brilliantly by Joe Pasquale, with his son Joe Tracini in the comical role of Patsy. The comic timing of this duo was perfection. Sarah Earnshaw was quite simply brilliant in her role as the Lady of the Lake. Her singing was amazing and coupled with her brilliant facial expressions had the audience in stitches. The whole show was perfectly cast with stellar performances by all. I loved the fact that I remembered several bits, for example the deadly and killer monster, a.k.a. the rabbit.
Another part that clearly sticks in my mind was when the four French soldier’s heads appeared around the side of the castle at the bottom in line going up. It was visually hilarious and I’ve no idea how they could’ve managed that. There are so many wonderful and hilarious moments timed to perfection by an incredibly talented cast, from flying cows and a Black Knight with no arms, to the Knights who say Ni. And my all-time favourite part has to be ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’. It’s such a fabulous song and I loved the fact that the audience got to join in at the end! I’m still singing and grinning!! It was clearly loved by the audience, many of whom (including myself) gave the cast a standing ovation!
My sides have not ached this much in ages. A simply hilarious, and wonderful performance. If you get the chance I highly recommend that you go and see it!!
I would have to rate it a side splitting 5 out of 5!
Tickets cost from £13.40 to £45.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Spamalot is at the Milton Keynes Theatre until 20 June 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ