Audiences are being invited to join King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest for the Holy Grail next month, when The Bob Hope Theatre Actors’ Company presents the fabulously funny musical Spamalot.
Directed by local stage star Larissa Webb, the show will feature some of the area’s most talented performers including Neil Whitaker as the noble King Arthur, Cory Wordlaw as his downtrodden manservant Patsy and Bobby Youle as brave Sir Lancelot.
Spamalot is a musical parody of the Arthurian Legend and was adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The show was originally produced on Broadway in 2004, where it was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, winning three, including the prize for Best Musical.
It has also enjoyed a number of West End runs, with the coveted role of King Arthur played by an array of esteemed thespians, including Tim Curry, Peter Davidson and most recently, funnyman Joe Pasquale.
The story follows King Arthur as he gathers together a band of knights and embarks on a quest to find the Holy Grail. Along the journey they encounter a cornucopia of colourful characters including the infamous Knights Who Say Ni, the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog and a frenetic horde of French Taunters.
Jam-packed with Monty Python’s trademark hectic hilarity and some brilliant one-liners, Spamalot also boasts a sensational soundtrack. Written by Eric Idle, John Du Prez and Neil Innes, it includes a tune you might recognise – “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” – pinched from one of Python’s other feature length forays, The Life of Bryan.
There are some showstoppers too, with songs like “Find Your Grail”, “The Song That Goes Like This” and “Diva’s Lament (Whatever happened to My Part?)” now considered standards among musical theatre aficionados.
It falls to The Lady of the Lake to deliver many of the big belters, but with director Larissa Webb doubling up as the diva, audiences are in for a real musical treat.
Larissa said: “Directing Spamalot has been an absolute pleasure! The script is hilarious, the songs are just brilliant and our cast is super talented. It has been made extra special as I have the privilege to be appearing in the show as well, alongside my sister and fabulous friends.”
The Bob Hope Theatre Actors’ Company will be hoping to replicate the success they had with their last production – the classic comedy Sand Castles – when they take to the stage with Spamalot next month.
Spamalot will run at The Bob Hope Theatre in Eltham from Tuesday 7 until Saturday 11 November. www.bobhopetheatre.co.uk