Something different

Bonnie Langford joins the cast as Lady of The Lake.
Bonnie Langford joins the cast as Lady of The Lake.

THEY are widely recognised as one of the funniest, inventive and surreal groups of comedians ever to have graced stage or screen.

Back in the 70s, their second film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, had audiences rocking in the aisles with laughter.

Then one of the Python team, Eric Idle, thought the basic storyline would work well as a musical — and Spamalot was born.

It relates the tale of the legendary King Arthur and his knights of the round table and their quest for the Holy Grail.

And this production promises beautiful showgirls, cows, killer rabbits and French people — the witch burnings being cancelled due to health and safety.

The Tony award-winning show has a host of songs that will be well known to the audience along with new ones penned especially for Spamalot including He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights Of The Round Table, Find Your Grail and the nation’s favourite comedy song, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life — with the new ones all written by Idle and John Du Prez.

Also well known to millions are members of the cast.

Scotland’s own Bonnie Langford takes on the role of the Lady of the Lake.

The singing and dancing former child star appeared in Bugsy Malone and has starred in the Lloyd Weber musical Cats.

Bonnie will be joined by Todd Carty, who everyone remembers as the down-on-his-luck Mark Fowler on EastEnders.

Todd also proved to be a hit with TV audiences when he appeared on prime time show Dancing On Ice.

The full company includes Robin Armstrong as Sir Bedevere, Rob Delaney as Sir Robin, Adam Ellis as Prince Herbert, Graham MacDuff as Sir Lancelot, Jon Robyns as Sir Galahad and Steven Pacey as King Arthur.

The original UK and Ireland production began touring in May 2010 and was seen by more than 300,000 people over 50 weeks.

It’s guaranteed to be a laugh a minute if you in any way appreciated the original.

n Spamalot is showing at the King’s Theatre from Monday, March 12 till Saturday, March 17.

Tickets cost between £16.50 and £37.50.