Broadway's Marin Mazzie swapping roles with London's Hannah Waddingham in Spamalot

Broadway's Marin Mazzie swapping roles with London's Hannah Waddingham in Spamalot

Marin Mazzie currently playing 'The Lady of the Lake' in Monty Python's Spamalot on Broadway is to join the London cast, swapping roles with Hannah Waddingham who will make her Broadway debut.

Marin Mazzie returns to London for the first time since her West End debut in Michael Blakemore’s 2001 production of Kiss Me Kate at the Victoria Palace Theatre for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Her extensive Broadway credits include Kiss Me, Kate, Ragtime, Passion, Man of La Mancha, Into the Woods, Big River, Kismet, Out of This World, The Vagina Monologues and The Trojan Women.

Hannah Waddingham will take over the role of the Lady of the Lake at the Shubert Theatre, on Broadway from 13 January 2008.

Peter Davison (King Arthur) and Bill Ward (Sir Lancelot) currently lead the London cast alongside Hannah Waddingham (The Lady of the Lake), Robert Hands (Sir Robin), Steven Kynman (Herbert), Graham MacDuff (Sir Dennis Galahad), Andrew Spillett (Patsy) and Tony Timberlake (Sir Bedevere).

Directed by Mike Nichols, Monty Python's Spamalot, opened on 16 Oct 2006, following previews from 30 Sep, to excellent notices from the popular press: THE INDEPENDENT says, "Deliriously silly and loopily enjoyable evening." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Inventive production...It’s a wonderful night"; THE GUARDIAN says, "In short, the show has its moments... Irony has its place but it's not quite enough to sustain a whole evening." THE TIMES says, "Cheerfully mischievous...Silly? Very. Funny? You bet."

The show has a book by Eric Idle, from the screenplay of the Pythons' film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Featuring a new score with music and lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. The show also has three songs from the 1975 film.

Choreography by Casey Nicholaw , costumes & design by Tim Hatley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, produced by Boyett Ostar Productions.

Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python's SPAMALOT features a chorus line of dancing divas (and serfs), flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and a legless knight.

Monty Python's Spamalot is currently booking to 1 March 2008.

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