Monty Python – the very words conjure up songs, infamous catchphrases and a dark silly sense of humour that even the most serious of us has to chuckle at.
So, Spamalot, a musical famed for being ‘lovingly ripped off’ from Monty Python’s Holy Grail, certainly had a lot to live up to.
The show loosely follows the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table mixed together with the nation’s favourite Holy Grail film.
The audience see Arthur and his men going in search of the Holy Grail used at the last supper with many obstacles popping up along the way, in true Monty Python fashion.
The musical features some of the best loved characters including the knights of the forest, who say NI, and of course the rogue French soldier who just can’t admit defeat proclaiming the famous line – ‘tis but a flesh wound.
The theatre was filled with roaring laughter and even more so when the show was brought into 2012 with references to Susan Boyle, Cheryl Cole and Ozzy Osbourne.
But a guest appearance from God – played by Eric Idle via pre-recorded video – is slightly ruined by the fact that it’s out of sync.
And the shows sets and costumes at times can seem a little basic and childish but this certainly doesn’t seem to stop anyone from enjoying every punch line.
Marcus Brigstocke as King Arthur was simply brilliant but it was the Lady of the Lake, played by Bonnie Langford that stole the show with her unbelievable voice.
Overall, Spamalot certainly didn’t disappoint with die-hard fans laughing just as hard as the Monty Python newcomers.
And what better way to end the show with a sing-a-long rendition of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.