Event Review

#Spamalot @MAMAmusselburgh @TheBrunton 5th-8th April #Review

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Tickets from 0131 665 2240 or www.thebrunton.co.uk

Monty Python’s Spamalot gallops into Musselburgh in April 2017 (to the sound of banging coconut shells) for an East Lothian premiere!

Spamalot is the Month Python musical that has been “lovingly ripped off” from the acclaimed 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The original Broadway production of Spamalot won three Tony Awards including the awards for Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Spamalot also won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Musical Show Album. Following a successful West End debut in 2006 at the Palace Theatre, MAMA are delighted to bring this fabulous show to Musselburgh.

The plot of Spamalot is similar to Monty Python and the Holy Grail; King Arthur along with his squire, Patsy and a selection of knights go on an epic quest to find the Holy Grail. The quest lead the troupe to a French castle, into the dangerous clutches of the Black Knight and a loathsome bunny rabbit, to a rendezvous with the knights that say Ni, and into an intimate liaison with the Lady of the Lake.

Unlike the film, Spamalot is jam-packed with silly songs to match the action. The opening number “Finland”/ “Fisch Schlapping Dance” was created especially for the show along with other original songs such as “I Am Not Dead Yet,” “The Song that Goes Like This,” and “The Diva’s Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part.” The show also includes the song originally made famous by Monty Python in The Life of Brian, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” which is always a crowd pleaser!

Spamalot is an all singing and dancing production, calling on some of East Lothian’s finest talent to create a hilarious show – using traditional musical techniques along with some of Python’s greatest comedy!

CHILD-FRIENDLY?
Spamalot has some cheeky, sexual humour and occasional course language, therefore, may not be appropriate for children under the age of 12.

(Source MAMA FB Page)

My Review 

I attended the first night of the production of Spamalot, at the beautiful Bruton Theatre, in Musselburgh.  I was very impressed by the high volume of people attending the show. With the added touch of properly printed programmes for sale too.

Photo Credit George Smith of Musselburgh Camera Club
Photo Credit George Smith of Musselburgh Camera Club
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Photo Credit George Smith of Musselburgh Camera Club
Keith Kynoch-Taylor of Millhill Digital Photography
Photo Credit ~ Keith Kynoch-Taylor of Millhill Digital Photography

The show has a very funny and engaging storyline. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the performance. With well-paced humour and great stage management.  The cast was well rehearsed and it was a great team effort with everyone working together perfectly.  Along with the on-stage cast, you had the live band playing too and they were brilliant.

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Photo Credit ~ Keith Kynoch-Taylor of Millhill Digital Photography

A lot of time and effort has clearly been put into the show and it pays off. MAMA stands for Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association, there was nothing amateur about the performance I found it be extremely professional with fantastic singing and acting.

Keith Kynoch-Taylor of Millhill Digital Photography

You can catch the show this week as it runs until the 8th of April.

Tickets from 0131 665 2240 or www.thebrunton.co.uk

Thank you to Kit Miller, The Mama cast and The Brunton Theatre for allowing me to review the show.

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