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JOE PASQUALE joins West End cast of Monty Python's SPAMALOT

Joe Pasquale to make West End Musical debut in
Monty Python’s Spamalot at The Playhouse Theatre
playing the role of King Arthur from 17 June 2013

Comedian Joe Pasquale will make his West End Musical debut when he takes over the role of King Arthur, in Monty Python’s Spamalot, at The Playhouse Theatre. Pasquale will perform from Monday 17th June 2013 for a six week run. The production is also announcing a new summer performance schedule, starting on 1st July 2013, which will include two shows on Fridays.

As one of the country’s most popular funny men for over 20 years, Joe has appeared on stage in six Royal Variety Performances, and in the touring productions of Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and Tom Stoppard’s ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’. His numerous live stand up shows included the 1996 £1 million selling tour ‘Live and Squeaky’.

On screen Joe Pasquale has voiced characters for the Hollywood films ‘Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties’ and ‘Horton Hears A Who!’ while his TV roles have included hosting ITV1’s ‘The Price Is Right’ and ‘An Audience With Joe Pasquale’, as well as guest presenting Channel 4’s ‘The Paul O’Grady Show’. Most famously, Joe won the 2004 series of ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ and also made it to round six of ITV1’s ‘Dancing on Ice’ in early 2013.

Musical Theatre legend and TV star, Bonnie Langford (on stage in Cats, Gypsy, Sweet Charity and Chicago and on screen in ‘Opportunity Knocks’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Just William’, ‘The Hot Shoe Show’, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Dancing on Ice’) plays the female lead role of The Lady of The Lake.

Joe Pasquale and Bonnie Langford starred in Peter Pan together thirteen years ago and after they were reunited via Twitter, Joe came to see her in Spamalot. Following the performance, Bonnie suggested that Joe would make a great King Arthur and put the idea to the show’s producers.

“I’m very excited to be stepping into the shoes of King Arthur on stage with the cast of Spamalot,” Pasquale says. “I’ve known Bonnie Langford since we worked together doing Peter Pan in 2000. The Spamalot Knights recently strong-armed Bonnie into joining twitter and she amassed over 1000 followers in her first week. When I saw she had joined up I sent her a message to welcome her as we’d lost touch for years. She invited me to see the show and I loved it so much that I went backstage afterwards to congratulate the cast. It was then that Bonnie said she thought I’d make a great King Arthur and the next thing that I knew, the show's producers spoke to my agent and it went from there very quickly. I’m now looking forward to a great summer of making audiences laugh at the Playhouse Theatre during six weeks filled with killer rabbits, flying cows and coconuts.”

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a kind-of new musical with a book by Eric Idle and an entirely new score for the new production, (well, almost) created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings (cancelled due to health and safety) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention, including He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song (Reader’s Digest Poll 2010 - before it went bust), Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

The new season at The Playhouse, which is directed by Christopher Luscombe, follows Eric Idle’s acclaimed performance of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side of Life’ at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony – the world sang along, and Spamalot audiences get the opportunity to do so too! During the run, there have been 18 onstage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), one outbreak of nits and 87 pairs of coconuts used.

Listings Information


Current Performance times:
Monday – Saturday at 8.00pm, Matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

New Summer Schedule, starting on 1st July 2013:
Monday – Thursday at 8.00pm, Friday at 6pm and 9pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and 8.00pm (no Wednesday matinee)

THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
Tickets: £15 - £65. ON SALE NOW
Running time: 2 hours – this one doesn’t drag on!

Box Office: 0844 871 7627 | www.spamalotwestend.co.uk

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