Review: Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

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Much like Marmite, people tend to love or hate the Monty Python humour.

Much like Marmite, people tend to love or hate the Monty Python humour.

I’ve always been in favour of it, and The Portsmouth Players’ production of Spamalot reminded me why.

The musical comedy, adapted from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, follows King Arthur and his knights on their outrageous, outlandish and hilarious quest.

From start to finish, the company, under Chris Nelson’s direction, had it spot on.

With perfect casting, an impressive set and fabulous costumes, I simply couldn’t find a fault.

The audience were laughing from the opening Fisch Schlapping Song through to the finale.

The ensemble numbers, such as Camelot and His Name is Lancelot were sensational, showing the depth of talent within this far-from-amateur company.

There was not a single weak performance on stage.

Roger Keevil was an ideal Arthur, nobly leading the cast, while Georgina-Rose Rust wowed the crowds with her incredible vocals as the Lady of the Lake.

Edward Chase and James Bradbury were hilarious but, for me, Chris Murray stood out. His versatility and comic timing were perfect, particularly in his role as the leading Knight of Ni.

I found my holy grail, this show.