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Monty Python's Spamalot - Review

Monty Python's Spamalot - Review Click to enlarge

31 Aug 2016

Jess Horsley, one of our Blog Team and a member of our Bar & Café Staff, reviews John Martin's production of Monty Python's Spamalot


The sell-out audience packed into the auditorium on the opening night ‘Spamalot’ at Trinity Theatre. Starting with a flamboyant opening number, complete with fish-slapping, the audience were roaring all the way through at the energetic production which paid homage to the original film which it so “lovingly” rips off.

The performance given by the team of skilled dancers was strong throughout the show; their animated facial expressions particularly added to the hilarious “Finland” song and in Lancelot’s moment of revelation in the second Act. Following the first song was the introduction of King Arthur (David Fawcett), including the famous sound of coconuts, played devotedly by Patsy (Tom Tapsfield). Fawcett’s voice was strong and he strutted about stage gloriously as the proud King. The double-act of Fawcett and Tapsfield certainly tickled the audience, and Tapsfield’s well-timed aside looks to the audience had them roaring.

“Bring out your dead!” was then heard from the wings as another classic Python scene was played out side-splittingly. Notable was the highly energetic jig from the “not yet dead” (Jamie Lee-Morgan) which made the scene all the more ridiculous. Also well-timed with their comedy were Sir Galahad’s (Dan Stark) scenes including Scott James as his shrill but amusing mother. Also with Galahad came the introduction of The Lady of the Lake (Laura Coard). Coard’s portrayal certainly stood out as one of the best both vocally and comedically; the “diva” glittered both literally and in her performance!

With the Knights of the Round Table assembled, including multi-tasking director John Martin as Sir Robin, the show then galloped into Act Two. With it came the ludicrous “Knights who say Ni” led by Alan Atkins who, atop his stilts, nailed the high-pitched Python voice, making for a chuckle-worthy scene. Atkins should also be commended for his multi-rolling in particular, going from the piercing Knight of Ni to the “outrageous” French guard, to the deceptively butch Sir Lancelot. Additionally, the introduction of Lancelot’s beloved, Herbert (Jamie Lee-Morgan) was a lovely interpretation of the scene.

Powerfully and flamboyantly sung was “Whatever Happened to my Part” halfway through the Act. Again, Coard’s voice reached new heights and was impressive in such a strenuous song. With such side-splitting songs, all of the cast should be admired for their ability to keep a straight face.

Finally, the Grail was then found, curiously underneath the seat of an audience member. During this part of the show which involved audience interaction, Fawcett’s ad-lib jokes added to the mirthful scene. The show then ended with yet more fourth wall breaking as the audience joined in with dancing to “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” which left them with a tangible energy coming out of the theatre. Evidently, every member of this production had worked incredibly hard. The number of costume changes and quick scene changes alone in the production was certainly an impressive feat and proof of a very hard-working cast and crew, and every moment on stage delighted and entertained.


Tunbridge Wells Borough CouncilTrinity Theatre
Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1JP
Registered Charity Number 1054547
Registered Company Number 3179063