Good Lord! Hugh Bonneville is taking a break from running Downton to play God in Spamalot.
Bonneville won a public vote to play the Almighty and will be joined by Joe Pasquale and Todd Carty when the show comes to Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre in April.
The Downton Abbey star beat stiff competition from Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Professor Brian Cox, Brian May and Michael Ball and will appear on screen (alas, not in the flesh – so to speak) during each performance of Spamalot at the Waterside from April 13–18 as part of the show’s UK Tour.
Joe Pasquale is reprising the role of King Arthur and Todd Carty as Patsy.
‘The Spamalot Charity Gods’ has been created to raise cash for several charities supported by the actors who are playing God while the show is on tour from January to June. Bonneville’s nominated charity is Scene and Heard.
The Downton Abbey star said: “I wanted to play God in Spamalot in order to support Scene & Heard, a North London charity, which gives local young people living in challenging circumstances the opportunity to work with arts professionals and create theatre scripted entirely by the children.
“I’m grateful to the producers of Spamalot for this novel way of bringing attention to Scene & Heard’s inspirational work. I’m also delighted to be involved with the show because an ancestor on my mother’s side was in fact one of the Knights who say Ni.”
Joe Pasquale originally won the part of King Arthur through a truly unique casting process as Bonnie Langford and Joe had both appeared in ITV1’s Dancing on Ice and starred together in Pirates of Penzance.
She contacted him on Twitter when she was playing The Lady of The Lake, invited him to see her in the show and suggested to the producers that he’d be a great King Arthur.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a kind-of new musical with a book by Eric Idle and an entirely new score for the new production, (well, almost) created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.
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 due to health and safety) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people.
The show features fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention, 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 – before it went bust), Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
The new UK tour is directed by Christopher Luscombe and follows Eric Idle’s acclaimed performance of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side of Life’ at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony – the world sang along, and Spamalot audiences get the opportunity to do so too!