|*Thanks to WMC for press tickets. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.|
Last night Warren and I attended a performance of Spamalot at Wales Millennium Centre. I haven’t seen any of the stage productions before, so I was very interested to see how closely it would tie in to the actual film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
I always have a warm fuzzy feeling when I hear Always Look on the Bright Side of Life because it reminds me of my Dad’s cheeky face singing the words and chuckling to himself. He usually sang it when one of us had bad news; his way of lightening up the mood I suppose, and it always worked…
Spamalot is an extension of this outlook on life, with many a humorous moment between the performers and the audience to be had. The story follow King Arthur on his quest to find the Holy Grail, with snippets of Camelot and different stories interwoven into the main performance. For example, we see Sir Robin discover his love for the arts and Lancelot fall in love with a Prince.
The latter story was exceptional with just the right amount of glitter and sparkles, but what really stood out was their reference to the fact that being gay is still a controversial issue even in today’s modern society. I loved this moment because it was current and completely spot on!
There were other very current remarks and snippets, from Donald Trump to Harry Potter, and it was all performed with energy, passion and bags of talent. I loved the stage and set, it was simple and effective and I adored how purposefully bad some parts were, such as the bunny and the Knight’s legs (yes, you’ll have to go see it to see what I’m talking about!).
I loved how they’d managed to mix old and new humour together, and I was very pleased to see the classics from the original film within the stage production. When Always Look on the Bright Side of Life began I had goosebumps, partly because it reminded me of my Dad, but also because it’s so darn true…
My favourite performer had to Bob Harms as King Arthur. He was amazing as Arthur, with an attitude akin to John Cleese (I know he didn’t play Arthur in the movie, he just reminded me of him!) and dance moves to match! He performed his lines perfectly, interacting with the cast and audience with ease, and he is definitely perfect for this role!
The Lady of Lake impressed the audience with her amazing voice, Sarah Harlington performed with humour and really captured the audience as she sang. At times I felt she was akin to Sarah Brightman with her voice, and it made me think of Phantom and how well cast she’d be as Christine.
Other performers who stood out include: Rhys Owen as the forever loyal and dedicated Patsy, Johnathan Tweedie as Sir Lancelot, Stephen Arden as the wonderfully enthusiastic Sir Robin, matthew Pennington as the suitably camp Prince Herbert and, of course, our very own Wynne Evans as Sir Galahad.
The show is over-the-top, old fashioned, modern, a mish-mash of humour and pretty much suitable for anyone with a funny bone. If you love Monty Python, you’ll love this show, and if you don’t, well you’re sure to find something that makes you laugh!
Spamalot is at Wales Millennium Centre until 24th March 2018 and tickets start from £16.50. Age guidance is 8+ but I’d be tempted to go a little higher with regards to sexual references, but that’s my opinion 🙂