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Monty Python's Spamalot
Member Name: milly234
Monty Python's Spamalot
Advantages: funny and silly
Disadvantages: not cheap really
I went to see this last night as it is no touring the country and came to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham where it is showing this week for (I think), 4 days. I had never seen anything from Monty Python before but this was really funny and I will be looking out for a bargain copy of the shows/get addicted to youtube from now on.
The story is based on the Holy Grail story which I had never seen/heard of but basically it centres around King Arthur of Britian who is made king by a lady of the lake who gives him a sword and basically tells him that he is the king. He goes around recruiting knights for his round table. He finds a few unlikely lads and they go off gallavanting togther. Then The Lord tells them they need to find the holy grail (a chalice) and they set off to find it. They encounter loads of random things along the way and finally find it.
One of my favourite scenes is the banter between the french guards and King Arthur as it is so silly and funny, it had me in stiches! They lady of the lake was funny but it went on too long because she was "the hottie" of the show and she sang songs which laughed at general musicals, and then kept coming on and moaning about how she wasn't on the stage enough. This was the only bit I didn't like so much.
It is a really silly show but I laughed all the way through. Both of my friends had already seen it elsewhere previously but they still enjoyed it, and I think got more of the jokes and the hidden things than me.
I think there was about 13 on the cast and they were great, with some people playing mulltiple characters which really impresses me. I particularly liked the gay prince scenes and that actor because he was really funny. There were 3 girls on the cast and the rest were men although (Apparantly in true monty python style) some played women at various bits in the show.
Really it was just such a funny wierd random thing and I wonder what the people who wrote it were taking, but it was non-stop laughs and because of the theme it sort of brought the whole audience together to laugh and sing at the end along with the cast.
The cheapest tickets were £15 but we couldn't get any of these, so we paid £20 to sit on the balcony. The palace theatre is a really nice venue, built in 1977 but in a really old and grandeau style which felt very regal and sophisticated.
The merchandise didn't seem too pricey but I didn't buy any. The T-shirts were £15 I think and the programmes were £3 which seems very reasonable and fair to me, as sometimes they can really be a rip off!
Towards the end they got someone from the audience on stage and bless him he was brill, I thought basically the whole show is definitely worth a go-and-see if you can or you're feeling sad or down because it is a real pick me up just to let loose and enjoy the silliness!!
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