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Curry to Open London Spamalot, Followed by Russell Beale

A press conference was held this morning announcing the start of ticket sales for Spamalot's West End run. Eric Idle launched the show announcing some casting as well, namely that Tim Curry will return as King Author to open the show from October through January. This will mark Curry's first appearance on the London stage is over 20 years. In January, Simon Russel Beale, who replaced Curry on Broadway, will take over as the lead.  

The West End producti
on of the musical will play its first performance at the Palace Theatre on October 2nd, and open on October 16th. Tickets are on sale as of February 21st 2006.
Directed by Mike Nichols (Tony Winner for Best Director), Spamalot has a book by Eric Idle, and music and lyrics by John Du Prez and Eric Idle. Spamalot has played to standing-room-only capacity at the Shubert Theatre since opening on March 17th. 

The show currently features Russell Beale, Hank Azaria, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Sieber, Steve Rosen, Michael McGrath, Christian Borle and Lauren Kennedy as the Lady of the Lake.

A national tour of Spamalot will also begin performances in Boston on March 5, 2006.

 Lovingly "ripped-off" from the internationally famous comedy team's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot received the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as Best Director for Nichols and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Sara Ramirez. It also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. Spamalot boasts choreography by Casey Nicholaw, set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by ACME Sound Partners.

Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight.

For more information on the show, visit For tickets to the Broadway production of Spamalot, call 212 239-6200, 800 432-7250 , or visit

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