This is the first time an amateur group in the area has been given the rights to perform this show. It is a musical “lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” From the audience reaction of cheers when familiar characters appeared, I would say CMTS pulled this off perfectly.
We follow King Arthur as he gathers men to join him as knights at the round table. The Knights are sent on a quest to find the Holy Grail which takes them around the world and encountering a range of people who are determined to stop them.
The slightly unusual pre show announcement (courtesy of Eric Idle) sets the scene for a night of laughs and silliness. Everyone in the company continues in the over the top, hamming it up spirit as they fish Schlap, do a cheer routine, sing and dance their way through the show. The enthusiasm and enjoyment is infectious with smiles all round.
In a production with a very strong cast, Emma Wylde as the diva-ish Lady of the Lake makes a fantastic impression with her powerful and varied voice, her presence fills the stage. Anthony James as King Arthur is equally impressive, he remains a strong and authoritative figure at all times, no matter what random character he is reacting to. Other performances of note come from Matt Everitt as the faithful Patsy and Chris Arnold as the scared Sir Robin.
With a set and props that carry on beautifully in the Monty Python theme, the show not only sounds great but looks it too.
Spamalot is full of favourite Monty Python and the Holy Grail moments that will satisfy fans of the film. The slick performances and enthusiasm will ensure that no-one leaves the theatre disappointed. Coventry Musical Theatre Society produces another winning show.
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