Riverside Theatres and One Eyed Man Productions present
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Books and Lyricss by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle
A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot re-tells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Guided by the fabulous belting diva The Lady of the Lake, a diverse, cross-gender cast of heroic/foolish actors (and their assistant stage manager) battle their way past various cows, killer rabbits, and French people in pursuit of claiming the legendary Grail.
Monty Python’s Spamalot was a smash hit in both New York and London, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Now comes a production that re-defines the word ‘epic’. Really, really re-defines it.
The team behind 2018’s smash hit Calamity Jane bring their anarchic, immersive storytelling style to ancient England, embracing the satirical, home-made spirit of the original movie and the Monty Python TV series. This production was a sell-out phenomenon in Sydney in 2019, so don’t miss out!
Book onstage seating to be a part of the action!
FYI this production contains strobe lighting; theatrical haze and smoke effects; adult language; historical inaccuracies; audience interaction; simulated violence (unconvincing);; loud noise; things you can slip on; Rob Johnson; at least seven songs; more audience interaction; and mime. Also a disco ball. It may not be suitable for children, or adults.
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Music Publishing Credits
All songs published by Rutsongs Music & Ocean Music Ltd., © 2004. All rights Reserved, except songs from Monty Python & the Holy Grail, published by EMI/Python (Monty) Pictures as follows: “Finland,” music and lyrics by Michael Palin; “Knights of the Round Table,” music by Neil Innes, lyrics by Graham Chapman and John Cleese, “Brave Sir Robin,” music by Neil Innes, lyrics by Eric Idle; and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” music and lyrics by Eric Idle from Life of Brian, published by Python (Monty) Pictures.
SPAM® is a registered trademark of Hormel Foods LLC.
“Inspired foolery… Joyously, inclusively gender-bending.” – The Australian
“If you are after an action-packed, hilarious, incredibly fun night at the theatre, Hayes Theatre’s new production of Spamalot is it… Directed here by Richard Carroll, the entire cast was simply brilliant.” – Daily Telegraph
“The laughter it delivers is fast and furious… The brilliant ensemble is tirelessly goofy, and highly inventive. It is a group completely dedicated to creating a high-octane electrifying experience, determined to pull us out of the mundane, for two hours of unbridled lunatic pleasure.” – Suzy Goes See
“A high-energy, inventive production… Director Richard Carroll and his exuberant cast have served up a comic treat… You might laugh. A lot.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Hilarious… Director Richard Carroll gives the work a refreshing update.” – Broadway World
“The most absurd, ridiculous, joyful night of musical theatre going – One Eyed Man’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot has no right being such a damn good evening… It’s a heartwarmingly brilliant night of theatrical silliness that will have you laughing all the way through… Spamalot is scrappy, minimalist and packed with surprises. The quotable moments from the film are delivered so superbly and earnestly it rarely feels like a dry callback. This production breathes an unexpected amount of fresh air into the Monty Python canon. Escapism at it’s finest – go see it.” – The Music
“ The company is totally on fire and sending audiences into the night with faces aching from two hours of laughter…Spamalot deserves the obvious delight of its audiences and if you don’t go see it, “I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries.”…Richard Carroll directs with a magic wand and casts a spell over the audience as well as the high-energy, multi-talented company. The joyous atmosphere created by apparently endless invention and nonsense is as infectious as the plague… Every performer contributes 110% and shines like a Klieg light… They sing, they muck about, they make BFFs among the audience and all with the utter conviction so vital to crackpot comedy. It’s a privilege to be in the room with this mob… Recommended without reservation” – Stage Noise
ERIC IDLE (Book, lyrics, and music) has multi-hyphenated his way through life, from being a writer and actor in the legendary “Monty Python” TV series and movies, to the creator and director of “The Rutles.” He has appeared on stage singing rude songs with John Du Prez at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl as well as performing in two highly successful tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003), for which they journeyed 15,000 miles across North America in a bus. His Greedy Bastard Diary of that tour is available from Harper Collins. Their latest work, a comic oratorio called Not the Messiah, will be performed shortly in Toronto. His play Pass The Butler ran for five months in London’s West End; he has written two novels, Hello Sailor and The Road to Mars, a children’s book, The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and The Pussycat, and a bedside companion, The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book. Spamalot has already won him a Tony, a Grammy and the respect of his wife and children.
JOHN DU PREZ (Music) a Trevelyan Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, and Associate of the Royal College of Music, he entered the film industry in 1978 composing additional music for Monty Python’s Life of Brian. This began a long association with Eric Idle, leading eventually to their current writing partnership. He has scored more than 20 feature films including The Meaning of Life, A Private Function, A Fish Called Wanda, Once Bitten, UHF and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II, and III. Other Python projects include the Contractual Obligation Album, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl and The Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book. He was musical director for Eric Idle’s two North American stage tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003). This is his Broadway debut.
MONTY PYTHON. Is he God or Godot, an agent of the devil or an agent of the William Morris Agency, or is he, as some have argued, a fictitious character invented in 1969 by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin in a desperate attempt to find a title for their rather silly TV show? Whatever the truth, he is the eponymous impresario who fronts “The Flying Circus,” The Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, And Now for Something Completely Different and who appeared Live at Drury Lane, City Center and the Hollywood Bowl. He has fronted numerous books including The Big Red Book and the Papperbok as well as many CDs, DVDs and matching ties and handkerchiefs. He is currently in retirement in an old jokes home near Dover, anxiously awaiting Nighthood and a Knightnurse.
SUITABLE FOR YEARS 9 – 12
(Stages 5 – 6)
From the Program Coordinator…
This is not just musical theatre, it is interactive musical theatre. One Eyed Man Productions literally brings the audience into the story by allowing students to experience the possibilities of heightened actor/audience relationships as they shatter the fourth wall. Your students will also get to experience Monty Python’s unique style of comic writing and the conventions they used to subvert, satirise and parody the ridiculousness of life. Why not mix up your film study unit and go wild with a fun TV-movie-stage adaptation?
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