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SPAMalot (King’s Theatre, Glasgow, 12– 17 March 2012)

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 14th Mar 2012 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe

Monty Python’s irreverent spin on the Arthurian legend returns to Glasgow to taunt us for a second time as SPAMalot, pitches its tent in the King’s Theatre this week.

 

SPAMALOT“We dine well here in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and Spam a lot.”, sing the Knights of the Round Table in a jolly refrain that was the inspiration for the show’s title and a good indicator for the tone of this hilarious comedy musical.  Lovingly ripped off from Monty Python’s 1975 movie, “The Holy Grail”, the show “farts in the general direction” of the Arthurian legend.  Python fans will be delighted to learn that many of the original characters and songs from the movie are faithfully recreated while new elements and characters have been added with hilarious consequences.  Rest assured that alongside King Arthur and his faithful knights, we are entertained by The Black Knight (“It’s only a flesh wound”), the French Taunter (“Your mother was a hamster …”), The King of Swamp Castle (“One day lad, all this will be yours …”) and the Knights who say “Ni”!  But King Arthur and the world of musicals are mocked in equal measure with references to Lloyd Webber, ‘star’ cast headliners, camp dance routines and blatant overacting throughout.

 

Steven Pacey is, perhaps, surprisingly cast as King Arthur; being a ‘proper actor’ in this outrageous comedy. His plausible delivery, though, was the perfect antithesis for the bizarre caricatures of the supporting cast.  His timing was impeccable, particularly in the quick-fire scene where he meets Dennis Galahad (Jon Robyns) for the first time.  Bonnie Langford (as The Lady of the Lake) was wonderfully OTT, happily lampooning the role of diva with great gusto.  She didn’t quite “sqweem and sqweem” when she felt underused in the second act; instead singing “The Diva’s Lament” to comic effect.  Todd Carty reprised the role of Patsy (King Arthur’s faithful companion) in this second national tour.  While rarely vocal, Patsy adds a great deal to the show through physical humour and Mr. Carty’s rendition of “Always Look on The Bright Side of Life” was a big hit with the audience.  As in the Monty Python movies, the supporting cast played several roles throughout the show displaying diverse character talents.

 

In 2010, the only criticism I could level at the production was a slightly weak musical and chorus sound.  Both of these issues seemed to have been addressed this time around.  In addition, I think that the cast were given a little more directorial leeway to revel in the classic Python script … allowing the audience to fully appreciate some of the funniest lines ever uttered on stage.  Don’t miss out on your chance for some SPAM … to say this show is a laugh a minute would be a gross understatement!  I, for one, will never trust a “cute wee white bunny” ever again.

 

SPAMALOT

Mon 12 – Sat 17 March

Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm

Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

 

Tickets: £16.50 – £37.50

Box Office 0844 871 7648 (Bkg fee)

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

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