Photo Coverage: Spamalot London Gala Opening

On October 17th, Monty Python's Spamalot, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2005, opened at London's Palace Theatre, where it had its first preview performance on September 30th.  In attendance at the opening were stars such as Eddie Izzard, Jeremy Irons and Maria Friedman.

Directed by Mike Nichols, Monty Python's Spamalot features usic by the Grammy-winning team of John Du Prez and Eric Idle and a book by Eric Idle, "lovingly ripped-off" from the screenplay of the Pythons' best- loved film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The show, which continues to break box office records at the Shubert Theatre, won numerous Tony Awards--including Best Musical and Best Director (Mike Nichols).

Tim Curry returns to the London stage after an absence of over 20 years to open the London production playing King Arthur, reprising the critically acclaimed role he created on Broadway.  Christopher Sieber, who created the role of Sir Dennis Galahad on Broadway, also stars, as do West End performers Hannah Waddingham who plays The Lady of the Lake, David Birrell who plays Patsy, Tom Goodman-Hill who plays Sir Lancelot,  Robert Hands, Sir Robin, Tony Timberlake, Bedevere and Darren Southworth, Prince Herbert.

Visit www.montypythonsspamalot.com for tickets and more information on the London production.

Photos by Retna Ltd.


Monty Python's Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones with comedian Eddie Izzard


Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam


(top) Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam; (bottom) Michael Palin and Terry Jones


Terry Jones


Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle


Eric Idle


Eric Idle


Hank Azaria


Hank Azaria


Jeremy Irons


Richard Griffiths


Eddie Izzard


Stephen Fry


Brian May and Anita Dobson


Cliff Richard


Pamela Stephenson


Connie Fisher


Connie Fisher


Michael Ball


Kathy Lette


Lindsey Stoppard and Mirriam Stoppard


Tim Brooke Taylor


Cilla Black and John Madejski


Barry Cryer


Maria Friedman


Hannah Waddingham


Tim Curry


Tim Curry and Hannah Waddingham


Andrew Spillett


David Birrel and Tim Curry


Tim Curry and David Birrel


David Birrel and Tim Curry


Christopher Sieber and Hannah Waddingham


Christopher Sieber and Hannah Waddingham


Christopher Sieber, Emma Green and Selina Hamilton


Tim Curry and cast


Tim Curry and cast

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