Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Review: Spamalot (UK Tour) at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Spamalot (UK Tour)
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Reviewed on Monday 13th April 2015

Spamalot is one of the funniest musicals ever written. Regardless of whether you are a Monty Python fan or not, Spamalot provides an evening of pure escapism and is thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end as King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table embark on a quest to find The Holy Grail.

I love Spamalot’s universal appeal; if you are a passionate theatregoer you will enjoy how Spamalot lovingly makes fun of musicals and appreciate the remarkable talent of the company. However, if you don’t usually like going to the theatre, Spamalot is also the perfect show for you; with a speedy running time of two hours (including an interval) not one scene drags, and the classic British humour is irresistibly joyous. 

Previous cast of Spamalot / Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan
Most importantly Spamalot does not take itself too seriously. It’s ridiculously bonkers and there is something for everyone. This new tour feels fresh; the script has been updated to include some amusing up-to-date references whilst the new cast are not carbon copies of their predecessors, they bring something different to the table. 

Joe Pasquale reprises his portrayal of King Arthur, having played several stints in Spamalot’s most recent West End run at the Playhouse Theatre. Pasquale’s performance is just as silly and as quirky as you would expect. He takes to the stage as if he is playing the role for the first time and isn’t afraid to have a laugh along the way.

The star of the show is Sarah Earnshaw as The Lady of the Lake. Earnshaw, who is also reprising her performance from the West End production, is a comical genius. Her presence is sassy and she performs with charm. Vocally The Lady of the Lake is a demanding role but Earnshaw belts her heart out, milking the score and bringing the house down with hilariously exaggerated riffs and growls.

If you’re up for a good laugh then you really cannot go wrong with Spamalot. It was an absolute joy to see the show again. The West End’s loss is Aylesbury’s gain! Spamalot remains at the top of my recommendations list.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

The Spamalot UK Tour runs at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre until Saturday 18th April 2015. The tour is currently booking until Saturday 27th June 2015. Please visit www.spamalotontour.co.uk for further information and tickets.

Read our interviews with Joe PasqualeSarah Earnshaw

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