Thursday, 19 March 2015

Spamalot fans given a holy choice

Written By: Mark Armstrong

Provided By: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Spamalot’s 2015 UK Tour is giving fans the chance to vote for their favourite Celebrity God in their hometown.

Fans can vote for Brian May, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Professor Brian Cox, Michael Ball or Hugh Bonneville to be God.

As Monty Python’s Spamalot travels across the country for six months from January 2015, King Arthur and his Knights Of The Round Table will give fans the chance to choose which of the Spamalot Celebrity Charity Gods will appear at their local theatre during the tour.

The six God’s-to-be, Brian May, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Professor Brian Cox, Michael Ball and Hugh Bonneville, will shine from the heavens in the role of God, all to help their chosen charity, which include Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, The Make A Wish Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Scene & Heard, Stage for Age and Keats Community Library.

Fans can vote for their favourite celebrity to play God by simply going to the official Spamalot website at and clicking on ‘Vote for God’ before choosing their favourite. The celebrity with the most votes will go on to play God at that area’s local theatre.

Spamalot’s Celebrity God will be beamed from the ‘heavens’ above centre stage during each performance of Spamalot, while King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table search for their Quest and God appears to explain that they must find The Holy Grail.

Back for the second time around as part of the Spamalot 2015 UK tour, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville said: “I wanted to play God in Spamalot in order to support Scene & Heard, a charity which gives young people living in challenging circumstances the opportunity to work with arts professionals and create theatre scripted entirely by the children. I'm grateful to the producers of Spamalot for this novel way of bringing attention to Scene & Heard's inspirational work. I'm also delighted to be involved with the show because an ancestor on my mother's side was in fact one of the Knights who say Ni.”

Brian May said: “The opportunity to play God has got to be something that you can’t possibly pass up. I really, really didn’t want to stop. Once you’ve played God, nothing else will match up to that experience and I can quite understand what’s happened to David Cameron! I love Monty Python, always have done. Spamalot is a wonderful show and it’s very up-to-the-minute, it doesn’t date at all, and I recommend everyone see it at least five times.”

Brian Cox added: “It is a reasonable no brainer. If Eric Idle says to you ‘do you want to be God in Spamalot?’, then I’d be surprised if anybody has ever said no.”

Sir Howard Panter (says he’s a real Knight! As if), Producer of Spamalot for Ambassador Theatre Group, said; “It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to bring friends of the show in to the role of God in this way, so that we can help such deserving causes while making audiences laugh at the same time.”

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a kind-of new musical with a book by Eric Idle and an entirely new score for the new production (well, almost), created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings (cancelled due to health and safety) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention, including He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2010 - before it went bust), Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

The 2015 Spamalot UK Tour follows the hugely successful run at The Playhouse in London, directed by Christopher Luscombe. During the run at The Playhouse, there were 18 onstage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), one outbreak of nits and 87 pairs of coconuts used.

Spamalot runs in the Liverpool Empire Theatre from Monday May 11-Saturday May 16. For ticket information, click here.

You can learn more about Spamalot by clicking here.

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