Brian May will become the latest in a celebrity-packed line-up to take on the ultimate role of God in the West End’s silliest musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot.
The Queen guitarist and all-round musical legend’s pre-recorded role will entertain audiences at the Playhouse theatre from 9 to 14 September, following similar performances by previous stars this summer including Hugh Bonneville, Michael Palin, Barbara Windsor and Simon Callow, all of whom donned the heavenly robes to help the musical raise money for a host of charities.
Commenting on his debut as the all-powerful being, 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!”
May, who is best known in Theatreland for his role as Producer on the long-running Queen-filled musical We Will Rock You, admitted to being a big fan of the show, saying: “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.”
Sir Howard Panter, producer of Spamalot for Ambassador Theatre Group, was equally as thrilled to have May on board, saying; “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.”
The show, which currently stars comedian Les Dennis and Bonnie Langford, recently announced it would entertain West End audiences for longer with its ridiculously silly tale of King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail, extending its run until 8 February.