“Monty Python’s Spamalot” Comes to Mac-Haydn [Berkshire on Stage]

August 8th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara
Ross Flores (Patsy) trying to teach John Anker Bow (King Arthur) how to play chess, not checkers. Photo: Neal Kowalsky

Ross Flores (Patsy) trying to teach John Anker Bow (King Arthur) how to play chess, not checkers. Photo: Neal Kowalsky

The Mac-Haydn Theatre summer 2017 theme is “Come On, Get Happy,” and there won’t be a wilder, wackier way to do that than Spamalot, playing Thursday (August 10) through Sunday, August 20. The musical based on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is inane, irreverent, raucous, a bit bawdy, zany and every kind of incorrect there is. It is a perfect parody of Broadway musicals and includes a few specific shows in its tongue-in-cheek cheekiness.

Come on, get happy laughs galore as King Arthur and his knights Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Sir Bedevere and Sir Robin bravely fight killer rabbits and resist beautiful showgirls on their quest for the Holy Grail. Their travels and travails lead them from the Mighty Portcullis to Mud Castle, Plague Village, French Castle and on to the court of Camelot and Feet of G-d. On this path they encounter the French Taunter, Knights of Ni, Black Knight, King of the Swamp Castle and more. Each stop has a particular and peculiar challenge to the quest, but the King and his knights bravely overcome them all. The Lady of the Lake and an assortment of lovely dancing girls present their own special challenges, as do Prince Herbert and Sir Dennis Galahad’s Mother.

John Anker Bow will play King Arthur, in his first MHT role; his extensive experience includes Henry Ford in Ragtime and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. Paul Wyatt, seen previously at Mac-Haydn as Mark in Rent and the Baker in Into the Woods, will be Sir Robin. Madison Stratton, who was the delightful con-woman Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, will be The Lady of The Lake. MHT favorite Gabe Belyeu lends his inimitable comedic flair to Sir Galahad.

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