Book and Lyrics: Eric Idle
Book: John Du Prez &Eric Idle
Director: Christopher Luscombe
Choreographer: Jenny Arnold
Musical Director: Tony Castro
‘Lovingly ripped off’ from the British comedyMonty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a whimsical musical jaunt through the perils of living in Arthurian Britain.
The story follows King Arthur’s eventful search to recruit knights for his Round Table.As he journeys to Camelot with his trusty ‘sidekick’ Patsy (Joe Tracini), with the guidance of the Lady of the Lake (Sarah Earnshaw), he is challenged by ‘God’ (Michael Palin) to embark on a quest for the Holy Grail.
In the absence of Joe Pasquale, Jamie Tyler steps up into the tights of the clumsy monarch, King Arthur.Reminiscent of Bertie Wooster, he portrays the character with comedic aplomb – his luscious English accent and trained musical theatre voice make Tyler the perfect King Arthur.
Sarah Earnshaw as the Lady of the Lake lights up the stage with her energy and stage presence.Despite her diminutive stature, her large voice and personality commands the stage and the demands of the rôle are most certainly met and exceeded.
The supporting cast are equally as strong.Matthew Dale stepping in as Sir Lancelot, Josh Wilmott as Sir Bedevere, Richard Meek as Sir Galahad, Will Hawksworth as Sir Robin and Richard Kent as Prince Herbert each take their turn in the comedic events.The high energy, the strong voices and strong acting culminate in a strong energetic performance from all.Along with the supporting ensemble, it is great to see this cast working together as a team and genuinely enjoying what they were doing.
Hugh Durrant’s set design is simple but effective, whimsically portraying the colourful nature of the plot and characters yet suiting the needs of the action.It is nice to see the band onstage incorporated into the action of the show.Under the ‘baton’ of Tony Castro, the music is delightfully played with energy and playfulness and together, with the singers, a strong sound is put over to the audience.
If you’re looking for some escapism from the mundane nuances of everyday life, trot on down to the theatre and catch it while you can.Look on the bright side of life – you won’t regret it!