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Spamalot to come to Dartford

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 April 2018

Composer John Du Prez co-wrote the Tony Award-winning score. Picture: Dartford Theatre

Composer John Du Prez co-wrote the Tony Award-winning score. Picture: Dartford Theatre

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Funnier than the black death! Spamalot transfers from its critically acclaimed run in Colchester and will arrive at The Orchard Theatre on Tuesday April 24 - Saturday, April 28.

will arrive at The Orchard Theatre on Tuesday April 24. Picture: Dartford Theatrewill arrive at The Orchard Theatre on Tuesday April 24. Picture: Dartford Theatre

Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this spammier than ever production is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen.

Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.

The new tour is produced by Mercury Theatre Colchester and the award-winning Selladoor Productions, whose recent tours include Footloose, American Idiot, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors.

David Hutchinson, executive creative producer for Selladoor Worldwide, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Colchester Mercury to bring Spamalot on a comprehensive UK tour and exploring international touring opportunities, having secured Selladoor’s first production in Korea – hopefully to be followed by further international dates.

“Selladoor continue to strive to ensure high quality work made in producing regional houses meets the widest possible market, this nine month tour certainly shows the demand for this brilliant evening at the theatre.”

Composer John Du Prez co-wrote the Tony Award-winning score for the show.

Although he studied Chinese at Oxford, was an associate of the Royal College of Music, appeared on Top of the Pops and wrote music scores for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, he is best known and loved for composing the silly songs that make Spamalot, the musical comedy a global mega hit.

When asked what advice he would give his 15-year-old self, he said: “Don’t do a scholarship to Oxford.

“Go straight into music. I did Chinese, a degree in Oriental Studies but I spent 48 hours a week rehearsing with orchestras and chamber groups and became first horn with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

“At university I read classic texts in the original and I think, later on, the Pythons only took me seriously because I had an Oxbridge degree.”

Spamalot was the winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best New Musical, while it enjoyed a victorious West End run.

This hilarious show is written by Python legend Eric Idle, who has been entertaining the British public for over 50 years.

The funnyman also wrote the score alongside John DuPrez, famous for his work on Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life amongst a host of other big-name scores.

Speaking about what a Spamahorn is, John said: “This is played in the opening of Spamalot.

“I built it as a joke out of a piece of copper piping with an animal horn stuck on the end.

“I was always interested in mediaeval music and the spamahorn has a wild sound for going in to battle.

“But the sound was too weird – even for Terry Gilliam.”

John said there are two scenes in Spamalot which make him laugh every time: “One is ‘The Song That Goes Like This’, which is a send-up of all those huge Broadway musical numbers, in particular the big love song in Phantom of the Opera when a chandelier crashes down at the end of it.

“In Spamalot the chandelier explodes at the climax of the song and I find it funny every time.

“My favourite scene is when Arthur sings I’m All Alone’ with Patsy right next to him throughout and the Lady of the Lake finally comes on and says he’s not alone, she’s been with him all the time.”

Spamalot is directed by Daniel Buckroyd, designed by Sara Perks with choreography from Ashley Nottingham. Lighting is designed by David Kidd and sound by Chris Bogg.

With comic tunes including Brave Sir Robin, We’re Knights of the Round Table and perennial favourite Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Spamalot audiences are sure to be dancing in the aisles.

To book tickets or for more information visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 01322 220000.

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