British Comedy Classic, Monty Python, landed in East Yorkshire last night as the West End hit – Spamalot – came to our region.
The show is the brain-child of Python legend, Eric Idle, who pieced it all together along with other Monty Python score-writers to create this live stage musical. It originally ran in the West End over 10 years ago, but now it’s made a comeback and touring the UK.
This week it’s being performed at Bridlington Spa so we grabbed tickets to the opening night. Here’s why you need to get on your (pretend) horse and head to the coast this week…
It’s the Holy Grail of musical comedies
Now I’m quite a Monty Python fan myself anyway. The Holy Grail film was my first ever Monty Python experience, watching it with my brother when I was just a teen. Ever since, I’ve loved it so when I saw this on the event calendar, I was determined to get there.
The story of Spamalot, is pretty much the same as the Monty Python and the Holy Grail film. In fact, the shows strapline says it’s been “lovingly ripped off from the motion picture” which obviously gives you a clue. But what I loved about Spamalot, was that it was the same storyline but with other Monty Python songs and references thrown in including Life of Brian’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.
Read More: Monty Python’s Spamalot – Event Description
Now if you hate Monty Python, it’s definitely not the show for you. (But, how could you?! We’ll leave that for another day!). But if you love theatre, love musicals, and love a laugh at silly, crazy humour where every few minutes you’re asking yourself.. “What the heck just happened?!” – then you need to grab your tickets and go see it this week.
A New Cast
One question I had before I went was if it could really be performed well, and be as funny, without the original Monty Python cast. Well the cast was actually what made the show so hilarious. It was great to see how much energy each performer had for their parts, which just added to the humour and entertainment.
Many of the actors also reminded me of the original cast, in particular, Johnathan Tweedie who played Sir Lancelot, had so many moments where he reminded me of John Cleese himself. But they were also very original and are absolutely suited to perform in a Monty Python show without making you think that they’re trying to be the original cast members.
It’s here for one week only
West End quality theatre shows have been few and far between in East Yorkshire during these past 18 months. Bridlington Spa has hosted a couple but there now seems to be more on the horizon, with Spamalot just the start.
New musical comedies are popping up but I doubt many can match the hilarious songs, storyline and characters that Spamalot delivers. After over 2 hours on stage, I really didn’t want it to end.
So take advantage while it’s here. Monty Python’s Spamalot is showing every night this week until Saturday, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
You can pick up tickets from just £23 for adults with concessions available too. Tickets can be bought online at bridspa.com or by calling 01262 678 258.