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Spamalot review

by: Marcus J Freed - Last updated: 2007-09-19



What happens when a bunch of knights go in search of the Holy Grail in the heart of London’s West End? Marcus J Freed visits the new cast change of Monty Python’s Spamalot to find out.

"You never told me you were Jewish," says King Arthur to his peasant servant. "It’s not the kind of thing you tell a heavily armed Christian" came the dry reply.

Monty Python’s Spamalot deserves full points for a terrific show, not to mention a hilarious Jewish spoof song halfway through the show. The London production has just received a cast change with Peter Davidson as King Arthur and the superb Hannah Waddingham as the Lady of the Lake. The musical is an adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and although the humour is somewhat abstract at times, it has a very broad appeal and is a great night out.

Unlike the original crusades that involved a huge amount of bloodshed, the Pythons’ take is a world where the knights of the round table need to find some authentic Hebrews to help fulfil their quest. A little Hava Nagila and a 10-foot tall Star of David later, they were well on their way. Songs included new pieces for the show and old classics like Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. The perfect start for the Jewish new year.

Spamalot at the the Palace Theatre, London

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