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Spamalot reunites Les Dennis and Warwick Davis

Les Dennis and Warwick Davis

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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, which is currently booking at the Playhouse Theatre until November 2, 2013.

Les Dennis, who took over the role of King Arthur on August 3, 2013, has been one of the country’s most popular funny men for nearly 40 years. Since winning ITV’s New Faces in 1974, he 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. He will also be appearing on this year’s series of Celebrity MasterChef, which starts on BBC1 on July 31.

On stage, Dennis has starred in Chicago, Me and My Girl, Art, Hairspray and Legally Blonde The Musical.

Speaking about his role in Spamalot, Dennis said: “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!”

Dennis will continue in the role until November 2, 2013.

Warwick Davis, who will be making his West End debut when he joins the cast of Spamalot on September 23, 2013, started his career playing the role of Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars VI: Return of The Jedi. He went on to star in the fantasy feature film Willow before appearing in The Chronicles of Narnia, Labyrinth and the Leprechaun films. He then returned 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 Jack the Giant Slayer.

 Les Dennis and Warwick Davis

His television credits include Extras, Merlin, Doctor Who and Life’s Too Short, all on BBC.

About working in the West End, 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.”

Davis will continue in the role until October 19, 2013.

Joining Dennis and and Davis on stage will be musical theatre legend and TV star, Bonnie Langford as The Lady of The Lake.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, cows, killer rabbits, French people and numbers such as He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

Forthcoming celebrity actors taking on the role of God include Simon Callow (week commencing August 12) and Christopher Biggins (week commencing August 19, 2013). Read more about Spamalot’s Charity Gods.