Spamalot Records Brits Horsing Around???
Date: 5 April 2007
The Americans did it on Broadway last year (See The Goss, 24 Mar 2006), and now the Brits are striking back with an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra”, led by the cast of Tony Award-winning Monty Python musical Spamalot. In March 2006, 1,789 people set the record outside the Shubert Theatre in New York, to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Broadway production of the irreverent show. Now it’s the turn of London audiences, with an attempt to break last year’s record taking place on – appropriately - St George’s Day, Monday 23 April 2007. The Spamalot team will teach members of the public how to ‘clip-clop’ in time to the Python classic “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” prior to the record-breaking attempt, which will take place in Trafalgar Square at 7pm. To be assured a pair of exclusive Monty Python’s Spamalot coconuts and possibly a place in the history books, you need to have registered at one of a number of checkpoints in Trafalgar Square by 6.30pm. The record-breaking attempt will be followed by a special screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Trafalgar Square at 7.30pm. Spamalot - which had its UK premiere on 16 October 2006 (previews from 30 September) – is currently booking to 3 November 2007 at the Palace Theatre (See News, 26 Jun 2006). It has a book and lyrics by original Python Eric Idle, who has also co-written the music with John Du Prez. The Whatsonstage.com Award-winning production is directed by Mike Nichols, with set and costumes by Tim Hatley.
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