Spamalot - Michael Ball first of new celebrity Gods
THIS Autumn, in order to raise money for charity, some of the country’s most famous men are set to appear as God in glorious 2D in Monty Python’s Spamalot, which is currently booking at The Playhouse Theatre until February 8, 2014.
Michael Ball (week commencing October 21, 2013), Professor Brian Cox, Greg Dyke, Robert Lindsay and Gary Lineker will all step into the heavenly robes previously worn by Michael Palin, Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Windsor, Larry Lamb, Bradley Walsh, Simon Callow and Christopher Biggins, who all filmed the part of God during the Summer of Charity Spamalot Gods.
The role of God is normally played on screen by Eric Idle.
The Spamalot Charity Gods has been created to raise money for several charities including Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, The Make A Wish Foundation, the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Scene & Heard, Stage For Age, Action for Stammering Children, Keats Community Library, The Royal Theatrical Fund, Acting For Others and Freedom From Torture which are supported by the stars who are playing God.
As the former Director General of the BBC and now Chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke is perfectly placed to be God, while Professor Brian Cox is so used to staring at the Heavens, that it’s not much of a leap for him to play God on screen in Spamalot. And with Gary Lineker being a God of Football, Robert Lindsay a God of screen and stage and Michael Ball a God of Musical Theatre, then they are all more than qualified to look down on King Arthur from the Heavenly clouds too – all according to a witty, tongue-in-cheek press release.
Sir Howard Panter, producer of Spamalot for Ambassador Theatre Group, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to bring friends of the show in to the role of God in this way, so that we can help such deserving causes while making audiences laugh at the same time.”
Comedian and actor Les Dennis is currently playing King Arthur, following in the footsteps of Joe Pasquale, Stephen Tompkinson, Jon Culshaw and Marcus Brigstocke, with Bonnie Langford as The Lady of The Lake and Star Wars actor Warwick Davis as Patsy.
Spamalot recently started a new performance schedule, which includes two shows on Fridays at 6pm and 9pm.
Tickets: £15 – £64.50. Available from the box office on 0844 871 7627 or online at www.spamalotwestend.co.uk/.