After galloping into the West End this summer at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Monty Python’s Spamalot has transferred to the Playhouse Theatre London from 12 November. The production was called into London after a successful UK tour, and its limited 6-week run has now be extended indefinitely.
Based on the cult 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the uproariously funny musical follows King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on a jaunty quest to find the renowned relic. Original Monty Python member Eric Idle wrote the music and lyrics, and had a prominent place a the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” which features prominently in the musical. Other musical highlights include “The Song That Goes Like This,” “Knights of the Round Table,” and “The Diva’s Lament (What Happened to My Part?).” The show first opened on Broadway, winning the 2005 Tony Award for Best New Musical. Its subsequent West End production opened in 2006 at the Palace Theatre and ran for just over two years, featuring among its cast Tim Curry, Simon Russell Beale, Hannah Waddingham, Peter Davison, Marin Mazzie, and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
Monty Python are considered comedy pioneers, with their TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus running for five years starting in 1969 on the BBC and subsequently being exported throughout the world. Alongside Idle, original members included John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, and Terry Jones.
Cast and Creative Information
Monty Python’s Spamalot features a book and lyrics by Eric Idle, with music by John du Prez and Eric Idle. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, this new production features Ballykissangel star Stephen Tomkinson as King Arthur.
‘I’d go so far as to say that it should be prescribed to all on the NHS. It’s not just a singalong bout of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” that sends an essential fillip of happiness coursing through you – it’s every ruddy scene.’
Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph
“The show earns a sizable thumbs-up.”
Kate Bassett, The Independent
“I enjoy the silliness of sketches such as the opening Fisch Schlapping Song and the rude, raspberry-ripping Frenchies who hurl insults from a castle wall.”
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
Synopsis and Song List
King Arthur and his loyal servant Patsy set out on a quest to find knights to join his Round Table. Along the way he manages to collect a ragtag band of misfits including Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, and Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Show (who understandably only makes a brief appearance). After they manage to repel a French invasion before encountering the Black Knight, who insists they come up with a musical and take it to Broadway, and the Knights are only too happy to comply.
- “Historian’s Introduction to Act I” – Historian
- “Finland” / “Fisch Schlapping Dance” – Mayor and Company
- “Monk’s Chant” – Company
- “King Arthur’s Song” – King Arthur, Patsy
- “I Am Not Dead Yet” – Not Dead Fred, Lance, Robin, and Bodies
- “Come With Me” – King Arthur, Lady of the Lake, and Laker girls
- “Laker Girls Cheer” – Laker Girls
- “The Song That Goes Like This” – Sir Galahad and Lady of the Lake
- “All for One” – King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and Sir Bedevere
- “Knights of the Round Table” – Company
- “The Song That Goes Like This” (Reprise) – Lady of the Lake
- “Find Your Grail” – Lady of the Lake and Company
- “Run Away!” – Company
- “Historian’s Introduction to Act II” – Historian
- “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” – Patsy, King Arthur, Knights, and Knights of Ni
- “Brave Sir Robin” – Sir Robin and Minstrels
- “You Won’t Succeed On Broadway” – Sir Robin and Ensemble
- “The Diva’s Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part?)” – Lady of the Lake
- “Where Are You?” – Prince Herbert
- “Here Are You” – Prince Herbert
- “His Name is Lancelot” – Sir Lancelot, Prince Herbert, and Ensemble
- “I’m All Alone” – King Arthur, Patsy, and Knights
- “Twice in Every Show” – Lady of the Lake and King Arthur
- “The Holy Grail” – King Arthur, Patsy, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bedevere, and Knights*
- “Act II Finale” – Company
- “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” – Company and Audience
Show Length and Times
Evening performances for Spamalot will run Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm . The running time is 2 hours including a 15 minute interval.
Official tickets for Spamalot can be purchased by using the search form at the top left-hand corner of this page.