Les Dennis and Warwick Davis join Spamalot
Preview by Jack Foley
COMEDIAN and actor Les Dennis will be reunited with his Life’s Too Short co-star, film and TV actor Warwick Davis, when they star together as King Arthur and Patsy in Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre.
For Davis, the casting will mark his towering West End debut (he was the tallest actor the producers could find at short notice).
Dennis starts his Holy Quest as King Arthur on Saturday, August 3, 2013.
As one of the country’s most popular funny men for nearly 40 years, after winning ITV’s New Faces in 1974, Dennis has appeared on a variety of TV shows including Russ Abbot’s Madhouse, The Laughter Show, Family Fortunes, Celebrity Big Brother and Extras.
He has also proved his acting credibility in The Bill, Brookside, Merseybeat, Holby City, Casualty and this Christmas he will be guest starring in ITV’s Midsomer Murders. On stage, he has starred in Chicago, Me and My Girl, Art, Hairspray and Legally Blonde The Musical. He will also be appearing on this year’s series of Celebrity MasterChef, which is on BBC1 throughout August and September.
Dennis commented: “As a kid I was always a massive fan of Monty Python so when Spamalot came to town I thought ‘I’d really love to be in that’. And now I’m excited that I’m actually not just in it, but playing the lead role. I’m really looking forward to always looking on the bright side of life!”
Davis, meanwhile, will be joining the cast of Spamalot from September 23. He started his career playing the role of Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars VI: Return of The Jedi and went on to star in the fantasy feature film Willow.
He then appeared in The Chronicles of Narnia, Labyrinth and the Leprechaun films, before returning to Star Wars in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Further success followed when he starred in the Harry Potter films, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and in Jack The Giant Slayer.
His TV credits include the BBC shows Extras, Merlin, Doctor Who and Life’s Too Short.
Davis said: “I’m delighted to be making my West End debut at the Playhouse Theatre. I’ve been in hit TV shows and blockbuster Hollywood movies, but you are never really taken seriously as an actor until you’ve done a play. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to play Patsy in Spamalot.”
Joining Les (as King Arthur) and Warwick (as Patsy) on stage will be musical theatre legend and TV star, Bonnie Langford, in the all-singing-all-dancing female lead role of The Lady of The Lake.
The Summer of Charity Spamalot Gods currently features Hugh Bonneville (of Downton Abbey), Bradley Walsh, Barbara Windsor, Simon Callow, Christopher Biggins and Larry Lamb all playing God on screen during Spamalot for a week at a time, with money being donated to their nominated charities.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Spamalot is a kind-of new musical with a book by Eric Idle and an entirely new score for the new production, created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.
Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings (cancelled due to health and safety) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people.
The show features fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention, including He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and, of course, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
The new season at The Playhouse, which is directed by Christopher Luscombe, follows Eric Idle’s acclaimed performance of Always Look On The Bright Side of Life at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony.
Les Dennis will play King Arthur from August 3 until November 2, 2013 and Warwick Davis will play Patsy from September 23 until October 19, 2013.
The new Summer schedule is as follows…
Monday – Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 6pm and 9pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and 8pm (no Wednesday matinee)
Address: The Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
Tickets: £15 – £65.
Running time: 2 hours – this one doesn’t drag on!
Spamalot Charity Gods Schedule
August 5, 2013 – Barbara Windsor
August 12, 2013 – Simon Callow
August 19, 2013 – Christopher Biggins