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Russell Beale Takes Throne as King Arthur in Spamalot on Dec. 20

Olivier Award-winner Simon Russell Beale, who is considered one of the foremost classical actors in England, will trade soliloquies for silliness as King Arthur in Spamalot. He will begin performances on December 20th, replacing the Tony-nominated Tim Curry, who will depart on December 17th.

Russell Beale, who made his Broadway debut in the 2004 revival of Tom Stoppard's Jumpers (and received a Tony nod for his performance), has won Olivier Awards for his turns in Volpone, Candide and Uncle Vanya. He has appeared on the West End in dozens of plays by Shakespeare, Stoppard, Ibsen, Chekhov and others; they include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, The Man of Mode, Humble Boy, Love's Labour's Lost, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Edward II, Some Americans Abroad, The Duchess of Malfi, Ghosts and King Lear.

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 Mike 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. The show's score is by Eric Idle and John Du Prez with a book by Idle. In addition to Curry and Ramirez, the show currently features David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Sieber, Christian Borle Alan Tudyk, Michael McGrath, and Steve Rosen.

Produced by Boyett Ostar Productions, 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. The show, which opened at the Shubert Theatre on March 17th, has continued to play to sold-out houses and break box office records.

For more information, visit www.montypythonsspamalot.com. For tickets to the Broadway production of Spamalot, call 212 239-6200, 800 432-7250 , or visit www.telecharge.com.



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