LTC – Spamalot – Review.

Monty Python’s Spamalot

Little Theatre Company

Brewhouse Arts Centre.


Monty Python’s Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features witch burnings (sadly cancelled due to health and safety fears), fish-slapping, cows, killer rabbits and French people with outrageous accents.

Phil Robinson as the Historian sets the scene of an England in the Middle Ages which leads into the Fisch Slapping Song as the cast think he said Finland. He corrects them and the stage is set for the entrance of King Arthur, played regally by Leon Ratcliffe and his faithful manservant Patsy, played by Tim Robinson (and coconut).

The show is peppered with one-liners. From Ken Brown’s guard: ‘And I’m the King of Norway, now bugger off.’ to Mark Pearson’s French Taunter: ‘Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!’

There are also some memorable tunes including: 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 2010), Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Katie Haywood makes the most of her opportunity to go over the top as The Lady of the Lake in numbers such as The Song that Goes Like This and Whatever Happened to My Part?

The show is also choreographed by Katie and there are some great routines involving The Laker Girls.

Mike Mear as the leader of the Knights of Ni does some sterling stilt work and Olivia Robinson and Sarah Spencer as the other Knights of Ni have just the right tone to be shrill without screeching.

The dialogue in the scene with Prince Herbert’s father, Phil Robinson, and the Prince’s guards, Caitlin Pritchard and Alex Gill flows effortlessly as the Prince’s father tries to make them understand their simple mission.

The confrontation with the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is extremely well executed as is the fight with the Black Knight, played by Pete Banton.

The graphics and splendid animation, in a style befitting Python’s heritage, were created wonderfully by Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studio.

Once again director John Bowness brings out the best from the members of the Little Theatre Company.

Monty Python’s Spamalot is on at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, Union Street, Burton, until Saturday, November 19th with performances every evening at 7.30pm and a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets for the show are available from the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100.

Bill Pritchard.

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