Musicals continue to demonstrate their pulling power with the punters in the West End as two big shows extend their booking periods. Monty Python’s Spamalot is to stay at the Palace until 1 March 2008, while Grease – which doesn’t open until 8 August – has already added a further four months to its booking period, taking it to 14 June 2008.
King Arthur and his knights have been schlepping about the Palace stage since last October, when the Eric Idle and John Du Prez-penned musical opened in the West End following success on Broadway. Based on the film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, the show features all the characters from the cult film – the Black Knight, rude Frenchmen, killer rabbits and the Lady of the Lake – with a musical score including Idle’s hit song from the film Life Of Brian, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
The cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot currently features Peter Davison as King Arthur and Bill Ward as Sir Lancelot, with original Lady of the Lake Hannah Waddingham continuing her Laurence Olivier Award-nominated performance.
Grease, which began previews at the Piccadilly on 25 July, has already extended its booking period until next June, after an original date of 1 November. This revival of the hit American high school musical features two hitherto unknowns in the lead roles – Susan McFadden and Danny Bayne were picked to play the parts of Sandy and Danny via the reality television show Grease Is The Word.
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