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Spamalot - Stephen Tompkinson stars as King Arthur

Stephen Tompkinson in DCI Banks

Casting news

STEPHEN Tompkinson will make his West End musical debut playing King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot, which continues its West End run at the Playhouse Theatre, where it opens on November 20, 2012 (previews from November 14).

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Tompkinson has previously appeared on stage in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Arsenic and Old Lace, Rattle of a Simple Man, Art and The Revenger’s Tragedy.

However, he is probably best known for his many TV roles – in Drop The Dead Donkey, Ballykissangel, Wild At Heart and DCI Banks (currently on ITV1).

Joining Tompkinson in Spamalot will be Anna-Jane Casey (Cats, Grease, Starlight Express, Mack and Mabel, West Side Story and Chicago) as The Lady of The Lake, with Todd Carty (Grange Hill, Eastenders, The Bill) continuing in the role of Patsy until November 24, 2012.

Spamalot will be directed by Christopher Luscombe. Further casting will be announced shortly.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this new production of Spamalot is described as ‘a kind-of new musical’ with a book by Eric Idle and an ‘almost new’ score created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.

It tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail.

The show features a chorus line of dancing divas (and serfs), flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and a legless knight. And musical numbers include He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

This new production completed a highly successful eight week run in September this year at The Harold Pinter Theatre.

Read more about Spamalot

Tickets: £15 – £65. Available from the box office on 0844 871 7627 or online at www.spamalot2012.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Running Time: 2 hours.