Following three excessively silly years in the West End, Monty Python’s Spamalot is unleashed (again) on an unsuspecting nation from January.
Joe Pasquale, Bonnie Langford and Todd Carty embark on Quest for the Holy Grail at theatres across the (currently united) Kingdom.
Following the Pythons’ incredible sell-out success at London’s O2 Arena, Spamalot will gallop back out on a six-month tour.
Joe Pasquale will again wear the crown of King Arthur alongside Bonnie Langford as The Lady of The Lake and Todd Carty as Patsy, (making up the Spamalot Dream Team).
Having first played King Arthur for a successful West End run last summer, the comic says he is pleased as punch to be back in the role (he would be pleased as Holy Grail Ale, but it’s not really got the same ring to it).
He will star alongside Bonnie Langford, who has previously played The Lady of The Lake both on tour and in the West End.
They will be joined by Todd Carty, who has starred as Patsy from the very start of the production.
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.
Joe said: “I loved my time as King Arthur in the West End production.
“I am very excited to have been asked to return for the new UK tour.
“I will be joining a fantastic Spamalot cast and can’t wait to get back on my invisible horse as we search the land for The Holy Grail.”
Bonnie said: “I’m thrilled to be able to slide into the sparkly gowns again in the 2015 tour that will bring Christopher Luscombe’s brilliant West End production to theatres across the UK for everyone to enjoy!”
Todd said: “I’m dusting down my coconuts as we speak, so that Patsy can go on a new adventure with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.”
Joe Pasquale originally won the part of King Arthur through a truly unique casting process.
Bonnie and Joe had both appeared in ITV1’s Dancing on Ice and starred together in Pirates of Penzance, so she contacted him on Twitter, invited him to see her in the show and suggested to the producers that he’d be a great King Arthur.
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, 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.
Eric Idle says of the show: “Spamalot is fun. The new production is funnier, it’s more like a Python show.
“There are new costumes and new sets and a new director (Christopher Luscombe), so it’s just got a whole different spirit to it.”
15-24 January, Manchester Opera House
26-31 January, Richmond Theatre
2-7 February, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
9-14 February, New Theatre Oxford
16-21 February, Grand Opera House, York
9-14 March, New Victoria Theatre, Woking
16-21 March, Edinburgh Playhouse
23-28 March, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
30 March-4 April, Theatre Royal, Brighton
13-18 April, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
20-25 April, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
11-16 May, Liverpool Empire Theatre,
18-23 May, Sunderland Empire
1-6 June, King’s Theatre, Glasgow
8-13 June, New Wimbledon Theatre
15-20 June, Milton Keynes Theatre
22-27 June, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
6-11 July, Princess Theatre, Torquay