REVIEW: Spamalot at Milton Keynes Theatre

Sarah Earnshaw, Joe Pasquale and Joe Tracini
Sarah Earnshaw, Joe Pasquale and Joe Tracini

The search for the Holy Grail is over - you can find it at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday.

Spamalot is a bright, humorous take on the story of King Arthur, described as the hit musical ‘lovingly’ ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Packed full of fun, childish jokes and silly shenanigans, the show will definitely bring a smile to your face and brighten up your day no end.

Opening night for the six-day run in Milton Keynes saw plenty of laughs and ad-libbing on stage, especially with comedian Joe Pasquale leading from the front as King Arthur.

He was clearly enjoying the performance, especially working alongside son Joe Tracini, who has swapped life in Channel 4 show Hollyoaks to clippety-clop around behind his father as man-servant Patsy.

Joe must be commended for his use of the coconut shells, you’d never realise he was only actually pretending to be a horse...

But the silliness works, the show just wouldn’t have the Monty Python charm without the clippety-clops alongside killer rabbits, fish-slapping fins and flying cows.

The musical aims to entertain with plenty of laughs, although this doesn’t detract from the talented cast acting, singing and dancing as they tell the tale of King Arthur and his army of knights.

Sarah Earnshaw is brilliant as the Lady of the Lake, singing her heart out on stage and ultimately winning the heart of the king.

The knights, dressed in a range of brightly coloured costumes and some interesting wigs, brought each of their different and slightly eccentric characters to life during the two-hour show.

All of this was complimented by a talented ensemble who could turn their hand to playing any nationality from around the world, with the French contingent being particularly good at insulting King Arthur and his men.

The show is not an exact replica of the film, but it is just as entertaining and well worth a look.

In the words of Monty Python, if life seems jolly rotten lately, there’s something you’ve forgotten, you need to laugh and smile and dance and sing.

And that’s exactly what Spamalot does.

With numerous theatre-goes taking to their feet as the show came to an end, it seemed to be a hit and I’m sure everyone will have left the the auditorium thinking it’s always better to look on the bright side of life.

So if you are looking for the Holy Grail this week, Milton Keynes is definitely the place to go.

Performances continue to Saturday at 7.30pm nightly.

Matinee performances will run on Wednesday and Saturday, at 2.30pm.

To make a booking call 0844 8717652 or go online to www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes.