From the kooky genius of the Monty Python comedic troupe, combined with a catchy yet odd title, the musical farce, Spamalot, has been drawing crowds since its Broadway premiere in 2004, and now is at our beloved Stanley Theatre in Vancouver.
Outlandish and rather rude at times, Spamalot will have Python disciples rolling in the aisles with its slapstick humour and exceedingly silly charm. Even if you’ve never seen the cult classic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which inspired this stage production, you’re still going to enjoy this show.
Like the 1975 film, Spamalot is a highly irreverent parody of the legend of King Arthur and the quest for the Holy Grail. The nonsensical pseudo-medieval stage world is peppered with funny sketches (our fave: The Knights Who Say “Ni!”) and catchy songs like “Find Your Grail,” “Knights of the Round Table,” and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” For about two hours you’ll follow the trials and tribulations of the clueless King Arthur and his loveable servant, Patsy (played brilliantly by Andrew Cownden), as they traipse across the countryside seeking able-bodied men to join the Knights of the Round Table. There are many stumbling blocks to overcome as they pursue the legendary sacred chalice, including encountering the Black Knight, the Knights Who Say “Ni”, and the killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, to mention only a few.
Of course, as with most musical comedies, there is a happy ending where the entire ensemble celebrates… but we won’t spoil what actually goes down for you. All you need to know is this: Don’t miss out on this effortlessly hilarious night out!
Spamalot is playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until June 29th. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.
Images courtesy of the Arts Club Theatre Company.
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