The right sort of Spam

Last night I went to see Spamalot, which is currently on at the New Theatre in Oxford until 30th October. One of my favourite films of all time is 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' and I have loved Python since watching re-runs of the tv show in my teens, so Spamalot coming on tour to Oxford wasn't something I couldn't miss! I thought the show was brilliant; the perfect 'lovingly ripped-off' adaptation of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' for the stage. All the best bits from the film were there with added extra bits of silliness to suit the stage musical setting, whilst also having a bit of fun mocking the genre. I think the only thing that I missed from the film was the line 'it's only a model' in reference to Camelot, but that was more than made up for by including 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' from 'Life of Brian', to which I cheerily whistled and sang along. The cast were great too, with Marcus Brigstocke as King Arthur, Amy Nuttall as The Lady Of The Lake, and Todd Carty as Patsy (with trusty coconuts). Also very good was Graham MacDuff who played Lancelot and was also fabulous as the Knight of Ni demanding his 'shwubbery'. It's hard to pick a favourite moment, but I think it's got to be the Knights of Ni, although a close second is the French castle/wooden rabbit scene that leads very nicely into the 'Run Away' song. If you like a good dose of silliness then you should really try and see Spamalot while it's on tour, or failing that at least use this as an excuse to go and watch 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'; I know I will!

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