Lichfield Operatic Society delivered an evening of fun and humour to Lichfield Garrick Theatre. Spamalot is a musical comedy adaption of the Monty Python 1975 film the Holy Grail. Based in medieval England King Arthur goes on the hunt for the Holy Grail with his recruited knights of the round table. Along the journey they meet some killer rabbits and other eccentric characters such as the Lady of the Lake and Not Dead Fred.
King Arthur, played by Pete Beck, delivered a strong lead performance and showed great chemistry with his side kick Patsy, James Pugh. Sir Galahad, played by Adam Gregory, Sir Lancelot, played by Adam Lacey, Sir Robin, played by Patrick Jervis, and Sir Bedevere, played by Cameron Morgan, also worked well together. All cast members delivered hilarious performances and Dan Anketell had the audience in stitches with his version of French Taunter. The comedy highlights included coconuts, Not Dead Fred, and the song “I’m all alone” which showed off Pete Beck and James Pugh’s comedic abilities.
The Lady of Lake, played by Victoria Elliot, embraced the opportunity to showcase her strong vocal talents. The song “Always look on the bright side of life” had the whole of the audience singing on both occasions it was performed. There was also impressive dancing talent and agility from the cast, with all dancing well-choreographed throughout.
Uniquely during the performance the cast members came off the stage and were immersed in the audience. Lichfield Operatic Society also managed to make references to Lichfield within their performance which garnered even more laughs from the audience.
A lot of effort had clearly been put into the set and the stage was made effective use of. The props were also used to great effect and often added to the many laughs of the evening.
Spamalot provides a strong witty script, a devoted cast and many, many laughs.
Spamalot is at Lichfield Garrick until 29th February.
Love Midlands Theatre
Sharing the latest theatre news and reviews around the Midlands.