Review: Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Company of Four, Ipswich Regent, until October 22

Company of Four stage Monty Python's Spamalot at the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Contributed

Company of Four stage Monty Python's Spamalot at the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Although I’m a fan of the show Spamalot - I went to see the touring production at the Regent five years ago - I have to admit I only wanted to see the Company of Four’s version as my cousin Jo is in it (very good as a sweary minstrel, I have to say!)

Company of Four stage Monty Python's Spamalot at the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Contributed

Company of Four stage Monty Python's Spamalot at the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

But on Friday night, the whole cast, the singing and dancing, the orchestra, blew my socks off.

I couldn’t remember the 2011 production being this rib-ticklingly funny (I actually snorted with laughter several times).

In Spamalot, we follow the round-about sort of journey of King Arthur (played ably by Simon Bowen) in his quest for the holy grail.

There are a lot of silly sketches, and familiar faces, that you’d expect from Monty Python, along the way - the Knights of Ni and the Black Knight, for instance. The audience roared when one of his arms fell off before a blow had been struck.


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There was lots of singing and swaying along to the catchy songs too. I particularly liked the very silly The Song That Goes Like This by Sir Galahad and the Lady of the Lake (Darren Nunn and Kerri-Ann Lees).

Special mention has to go to the quietly brilliant Company of Four stalwart Neville Woolnough who made a perfect Patsy, and had everyone singing along with him to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

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There was a happy ending of course and with it came dazzling costumes, impressive sets, and more singing and dancing, with the whole auditorium clapping along.

Such a great night out, that I’d recommend you see the show while you can. There are just two more performances on Saturday, October 22.

Nicola Warren

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