PREVIEW: Spamalot at Theatre Royal

By Naomi Wilcock

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke will reprise his leading role in Spamalot when the “most infectiously funny musical of the millennium” comes to Brighton this Christmas season.

Spamalot @ Oscars
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It will be shown at the Theatre Royal, Brighton and will run from Thursday September 15 to Saturday January 14, including matinee performances.

Spamalot received fantastic reviews when it was last performed in Brighton in 2010 and has been seen by more than two million people across the globe.

Rachel Knowles, press officer for the Theatre Royal, Brighton said the musical was very much a family show, suitable for anyone over the age of eight and had an “intergenerational” appeal.

There are currently special deals available for the show, including a Teen Ticket which is £10 cheaper than a standard ticket.

Rachel said: “We put the Teen Ticket in to make the show more affordable.”

Stars Marcus Brigstocke, Jodie Prenger and Todd Carty will all being appearing in the hit production when it arrives in Brighton.

Brigstocke, better known for his Radio 4 shows and appearances on QI, Have I Got News For You and Argumental, will play the hapless King Arthur and ex Eastenders star Todd Carty will play Patsy.

The cast of the musical recently helped to switch on Brighton’s Christmas lights on East Street and gave out free family tickets to winners of a medieval knights and princesses’ dress-up competition.

The musical, which is based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, tells the story of the heroic King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and features well-known characters including the Knights Who Say Ni!, The Black Knight and Tim The Enchanter.

Alex Eades, a reviewer for EdinburghGuide.com, said of the musical: “In a word, Spamalot is perfect.

“Yes, it would have been nice to see Cleese and Palin tread those boards once more, but if you’re looking for the next best thing then look no further.

“Laugh? I almost died.”

Written by ex-Python Eric Idle and John Du Prez, the musical started life as a Broadway production in 2005 and went on to win a Tony Award for Best Musical in the same year.

It was recently nominated for a M.E.N theatre award and after the Brighton run of the show comes to end, the tour will continue onto other UK cities, including York and Oxford.

The show not only contains the nation’s favourite comedy song (Reader’s Digest 2009) Always Look on the Bright Side of Life but also features in the Guinness Book of World Records after setting the record for ‘the World’s Largest Coconut Orchestra’.

The record, which was broken in 2006 in New York, involved around 1,200 people with coconut halves clopping their way along to a rendition of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Anyone interested in booking tickets for the show can book online on www.ambassadortickets.com or ring the Theatre Royal’s box office on the following number: 08448 717 650.

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