As someone who enjoys multiple forms of entertainment, I have never been particularly fond of going to a theatre. Stage shows is something that whilst I admire the talent and effort that goes into it, has never been something that has attracted my attention. Well, that was until the Monty Python team announced a yearly touring stage show called Spamalot, an onstage re-creation of their famous movie Monty Python And The Holy Grail.
By lucks chance, this select group of shows were still on sale when I saw a poster for the show advertising multiple dates. Sadly, these shows were very poorly advertised. There were no announcements regarding the general sale, nothing around Aberdeen or online through the shows page or our local ticket box office, a bit of a shame when you think about it. Despite the lack of information, tickets were popular and for the most part sold in a matter of days. I am glad that I was one of the lucky ones who acquired some at the last minute.
The Tivoli Theatre is a venue that I have been wanting to visit in Aberdeen for a long time now. A little place like this is what our city is lacking. The venue doesn’t look like much outside but once you get up the stairs and into the concert hall itself, I think the venue is a beautiful little building. It also helps when it appears to lack the snobbery of the other big theatres in town. The pastel colouring of the paint is not my personal cup of tea but the architectural design and the beautiful mural on the roof is extremely pleasant on the eye. The seats were a bit small for a big guy like myself, but they were comfortable. God help any truly over weight or extremely tall individuals in those seats.
For those of you who are unaware, Monty Python’s Spamalot is a musical that very proudly boasts the fact that it is a blatant rip off of The Holy Grail and is from the same team that brought you Hairspray and American Idiot (it’s right there on the show program). The show does a great job of re-creating famous scenes like The Black Knight, The Knights Who Say Ni, The French Taunting and Tim The Enchanter with The Killer Rabbit (with sharp pointy teeth). Each one was laugh out loud funny, some more than others and in particular the latter drew a tear or two from our faces being that bloody hilarious.
Alongside all these classic scenes were new music numbers that fit in beautifully with the overall theme of the show. The songs were very nicely performed by the stage actors and the musicians in the pit. Each track was incredibly witty, up beat and full of great humour. My favourites were I Am Not Dead Yet, a song based on the famous scene where John Cleese offs his (not) dying old father. Knights Of The Round Table, a not so faithful re-creation of the movie classic, the beautifully over acted Whatever Happened To My Part by Morag Nicol and of course a rendition of Always Look On The Bright Side of Life (whistles).
The show was roughly two hours long with a short interval in between acts. The pacing was incredibly well done, the actors did a fantastic job with the limited environment and with the fairly cheap asking price, we got an absolute bargain. Monty Python’s Spamalot is a great stage show, one that I would pay to see again with absolutely no hesitations what so ever. This is a must see for fans of Monty Python (who haven’t seen it already) and I would even go so far as to recommend this bundle of silliness to those who don’t like the movie. With the charismatic cast of actors, performers and musicians, there is too much going on here not to like it and I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did.