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Peter Davison & Bill Ward to join cast of Monty Python's Spamalot from 23 July 2007
Peter Davison & Bill Ward will join the cast of Monty Python's Spamalot from 23 July 2007 at the Palace Theatre, taking of the roles of King Arthur & Sir Lancelot respectively, from Simon Russell Beale & Tom Goodman-Hill.
They join a cast that includes: Hannah Waddingham (The Lady of the Lake), Robert Hands (Sir Robin), Graham MacDuff (Sir Dennis Galahad), Andrew Spillett (Patsy).
Peter Davison is best known as the Doctor in Doctor Who between 1981 and 1984. His London stage credits include "Under the Doctor" at the Comedy in 2001;"Chicago" at the Adelphi Theatre in 1999; "Dial M for Murder" at the Apollo in 1996; "An Absolute Turkey" at the former Globe Theatre (now Gielgud) in 1994. His tv credits include "All Creatures Great and Small", "The Last Detective" & "At Home with the Braithwaites".
Bill Ward is probably best known for playing the psycho misogynist love-rat Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street until January of this year when his character reached an untimely death.
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 taking bookings to 3 Nov 2007 at the palace Theatre