From: Monday, 28th February 2011
To: Saturday, 5 March 2011
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Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings (Cancelled too expensive) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features the hilarious songs He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights Of The Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation's Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2009) Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
Alison Carr - 28 February 2011
Is that horses hooves I hear? Oh. No. It’s just a grubby bloke knocking two halves of coconut together.
The anticipation in the Sunderland Empire for the opening night of Spamalot was palpable – there was a buzz in the auditorium before the lights had even gone down. Monty Python fans, presumably, although I must stress that even for a non-Python aficionado like me there was plenty here to enjoy.
With Phill Jupitus off sick, it was down to Graham MacDuff’s King Arthur to seek out a band of knights to join him at this very, very round table. You’d be hard pushed not to think he was in the role full-time, and he was well supported by the talented and energetic ensemble. In a show populated by so many oddballs and eccentrics, it came as a shock at the curtain call to see what a small cast it actually was.
Todd Carty does as nice turn as coconut-wielding Patsy and it would have been nice to see more of Jessica Martin’s Lady of the Lake, a...
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Jodie Prenger (Lady of the Lake - Wimbledon/Bromley/Brighton/Manchester/Aberdeen/Edinburgh/Llandudno/Plymouth/Cambridge/Bradford/Aylesbury/Blackpool/Dublin/Belfast)
Hayley Tamaddon (Lady of the Lake - Glasgow/Leeds/Newcastle/Southampton/Stoke-on-Trent)
Phill Jupitus (Arthur King of the Britons)
Eric Idle (God - as a recording)
Todd Carty (Patsy)
Simon Lipkin (Sir Galahad)
Graham MacDuff (Sir Lancelot)
David Langham (Prince Herbert)
Samuel Holmes (Sir Robin)
Robin Armstrong (Sir Bedevere)
Kit Orton (Male Ensemble)
Philip Catchpole (Male Ensemble)
Amy Papa (Female Ensemble)
Rachel Knowels (Female Ensemble)
Tim Bonser (Swing)
Paul Bullion (Swing)
Matthew Kelly (King Arthur - Salford)