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Spamalot - Playhouse Theatre (Review, 2012)


Review by Shanna Schreuder

DELIVERING the laughs and the tunes, Spamalot continues to entertain with its Monty Python-inspired comedy.

This latest incarnation, on at the Playhouse Theatre in the West End, has been edited by its creators Eric Idle and John Du Prez to a neat two-hour show that could possibly be even better than it was the first time round.

Stephen Tompkinson, best know for Ballykissangel and DCI Banks, shows his funny side by taking on the epic role of King Arthur. Not particularly known as a comedy actor, he seamlessly fits into the role and makes it his own.

This lighter side of his really suits him as he playfully glides through every scene, obviously enjoying every minute of it.

With his sidekick Patsy, played by Todd Carty, he has a winning chemistry on stage, which comes to a playful climax when he sings I’m All Alone with his trusty servant right next to him (not that he would know).

The other star role of the musical, Lady of the Lake, is fantastically filled by Anna-Jane Casey. Funny, sexy, cheeky, domineering and commanding, she’s an absolute pleasure to watch and you can’t help but agree with her when she sings The Diva’s Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part?), as you could easily enjoy having her in every scene.

As the poster for Spamalot states – ‘lovingly ripped off from Monty Python’s Holy Grail‘ – it has taken all the best bits from the movie (such as the French taunting, not-yet-dead bit, Knights who say Ni and the Killer Rabbit) and created a show in its own right. Not necessarily better, but definitely just as good as the original.

And if this wasn’t enough, the unforgettable song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life has been added into the mix. Spamalot is, without a doubt, one of the best shows playing in the West End at the moment.

Tickets: £15 – £65 – available from the box office on 0844 871 7627 or online at

  1. The author of this review must be too young to know that Stephen Tompkinson began his TV career as an outrageous comedy actor in the topical sitcom “Drop the Dead Donkey,” for which he won the 1994 British Comedy Awards “Best TV Comedy Actor” award. He has also excelled in comedy on stage and he is also best known for the Sunday primetime family drama “Wild at Heart.”

    James    Dec 14    #