From the pen of beloved Python Eric Idle, Monty Python’s Spamalot comes to the Devonshire Park Theatre from 6th to 10th February. This riotous comedy is full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and flatulent Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the very Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.
Eric was responsible for writing some of the greatest Python comedy songs, including the iconic Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. This talent lent itself perfectly to the role of writing the lyrics and book for this stage musical based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Eric co-wrote the score alongside John DuPrez who is famous for his work on Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and more.
Spamalot debuted on stage in Chicago in 2004 and quickly transferred to Broadway where it took an astonishing $175 million through the box office and went on to win the 2005 Tony Award for Best New Musical and enjoyed a victorious West End run. It’s since been performed all over the world – from Mexico to Australia – with stars including: Tim Curry, Hank Azaria, Warwick Davis, Joe Pasquale and Eastbourne’s own pantomime baddie Todd Carty who made the role Patsy his own on its last UK tour.
With brilliantly parodic tunes including Brave Sir Robin, The Song That Goes Like This and of course the ever popular Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – audiences are guaranteed a brilliantly anarchic night of silliness and pure joy.
The Pythons were, and are, the most iconic of all British comedy troupes of all time, their unique brand of surreal humour is the stuff of legend. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Pythons and in July 2014 the remaining five members reunited at the O2 for their final ever performances together – the first one which sold out in just 45 seconds. Spamalot is now the only live theatre experience to give a genuine spark of the Python genius.
See Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th February, with nightly performances at 7.45pm and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets priced from £26, can be booked by calling the box office on 01323 412000 or online eastbournetheatres.co.uk.
Coconut halves maybe be on sale in the foyer but feel free to bring your own on the night!