Spamalot will make you ‘laughalot’

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Apparently, during Spamalot’s West End run, there were 21 moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu and three outbreaks of nits.

Which brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘itching to see the show.’

From Monday, following that three year stretch in London, the Monty Python classic clippety-clop, clippety-clops back into Milton Keynes Theatre, for more silly shenanigans.

Lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot has been awarded the gong for Funniest Musical in Britain...although personally, the version of Jason and his Technicolour Dreamcoat I saw was pretty darn gigglesome – the blow-up sheep which kept falling down proved a particular highlight.

But I digress.

Spamalot is a family affair this time around with Joe Pasquale riding in as king Arthur and his son (also Joe) playing King Arthur’s manservant, Patsy.

Sarah Earnshaw is reprising her role as The Lady of the Lake, and God won’t be played by Bono, but may be played by Brian May, Hugh Bonneville or Eric Idle. None of whom will be live on stage at the event.

“Spamalot is fun,” Eric Idle says, “The new production is funnier, it’s more like a Python show.

“There are new costumes and new sets and a new director, Christopher Luscombe, so it’s just got a whole new spirit to it.”

It also boasts a bevy of beautiful showgirls, killer rabbits, plague carts, fish slapping Fins and flying cows.

Witch burnings were also built into the show, but in their wisdom, some health and safety executive pulled the plug on the heat-seeking activity.

Still, there will be a lovely bunch of coconuts or two.

If life seems jolly rotten lately, then you need to remember to laugh and smile and dance and sing.

Are you feeling in the dumps?

Don’t be silly chumps, just purse your lips and whistle

– that’s the thing.

Looking on the bright side of life is easier with Spamalot raising a cheer.

Performances continue to Saturday at 7.30pm nightly.

Matinee performances will run on Wednesday and Saturday, at 2.30pm.

Tickets start at £10.50 and rise to £36.50.

To make a booking call 0844 871 7652 or go online to www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

> Before coconuts and nits ride infest the venue, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, ‘the real stars of the hit movie Brassed Off,’ will take a turn on the stage.

This is a brass band of distinction,constantly in demand all over the world.

Once heard, you’ll know why.

It’s an afternoon showing too, so no need to drag yourselves out on a Sunday evening – showtime is 3pm.