Monty Python musical Spamalot brings absurd laughs

The cast in rehearsals
The cast in rehearsals

Fans of Monty Python are in for a treat with the Banbury Operatic Society' production of Spamalot.

The musical tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Based on the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot was written by Eric Idle and features an almost entirely new score by Idle and John Du Prez, including tunes like He is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. The original Broadway production won multiple awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Society spokeswoman Ruth Wilkie said: “Not only is this no-holds-barred satire of music theatre very, very funny but it also makes some telling points about the aspirations and values of its leading characters as they strive to find their personal grails.”

Alongside classic Python sketches are full cast comedy dance routines, with settings ranging from Camelot through Finland to a Very Expensive Forest.

Ruth added: “The cast has been working tirelessly learning music, routines and dialogue. From fish slapping to flying cows, this is sure to have you rolling in the aisles.”

Charlotte Boardman has choreographed the show, for which Nick Perry is musical director and Bruce Walton is stage director.

Spamalot run suntil Saturday, October 29, at Wykham Theatre, Banbury Academy, Ruskin Road, Banbury, starting at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets cost £15 or £13 for concessions. Visit or Anker & Partner Estate Agents, 31 High Street, Banbury, OX16 5ER to book.

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