I was completely clueless as I took my seat at the Belgrade Theatre for this production of Spamalot. I’ve never watched any Monty Python in my life but I was expecting some kind of crazy comedy and crazy comedy is exactly what I got.
This musical is a ‘lovingly ripped off’ version of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail – a completely bonkers story about King Arthur and his knights of the round table on their quest to find the Holy Grail. Unsurprisingly, its not a straightforward mission and these eccentric characters encounter a number of weird and wonderful things on their way.
Spamalot is full to the brim of classic British humour and wit. Each scene is packed with ridiculous comedy and it feels a little pantomime slapstick at times. The talented cast had the audience creasing with laughter throughout the performance and for those Monty Python fans amongst us, the musical provided 2 hours of light hearted nostalgia. For me, the highlight of the show was the brilliantly catchy music. Each song was fresh and absolutely hilarious; seeing men don their most sparkly underwear and tap dance on boxes of spam and offering some good-humoured mocking of musical theatre.
Of course, without a stellar cast the comedy aspect of the performance could easily go amiss. The whole cast was brilliantly funny but without a doubt the stand-out was Sarah Harlington as the Lady of the Lake. Not only does Harlington provide incredibly strong vocals but her facial expressions and impeccable comedic timing make her stage appearances unforgettable.
Spamalot is a brilliantly witty and surprisingly catchy adaption of the much loved classic films. A must for Monty Python fans!
Catch this crazy show at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre until Saturday 3rd March. Get tickets here.