Photo Coverage: Spamalot London Gala Opening

October 19
10:11 AM 2006

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.

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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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