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Professor BRIAN COX joins the West End cast of SPAMALOT this week as JOE PASQUALE returns as King Arthur

It’s in the stars! Professor Brian Cox is set to shine as God
in 
Monty Python’s Spamalot at The Playhouse Theatre
from 20th – 26th January 2014


He may be best known for exploring the Wonders of the Solar System (in a dark and very extensive forest universe), but now renowned TV presenter and physicist, Professor Brian Cox, is set to look down on audiences from the heavens as he joins an ever-increasing list of famous faces who have appeared as God in Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Professor Cox steps into the ethereal robes previously worn by Hugh Bonneville, Michael Palin, Barbara Windsor, Larry Lamb, Bradley Walsh, Simon Callow, Gary Lineker, Michael Ball and Christopher Biggins and he will appear in 2D on screen during each performance of Spamalot from Monday 20th January – Saturday 26th January.

“It is a reasonable no brainer,” says Professor Cox. “If Eric Idle says to you ‘do you want to be God in Spamalot?’ then I’d be surprised if anybody had ever said no.”

The role of God features in Spamalot when King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table are given their quest to find The Holy Grail.

Professor Cox is appearing as God in Spamalot in aid of his chosen charity, The University of Manchester Student Access Program. It is a programme which supports entry to the University through the completion of a portfolio of work that demonstrates specific knowledge and skills.

As well as Professor Brian Cox appearing as God, actor and comedian Joe Pasquale is returning to the role of King Arthur from Monday 20th January 2014, after playing the role during summer 2013. Joe will be starring alongside TV and theatre star Carley Stenson, who plays The Lady of The Lake.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a crazy kind-of new musical by Eric Idle. It has 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 21 onstage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), one outbreak of nits and 92 pairs of coconuts used. 

Produced by Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group

Listings Information

Performance Schedule:
Monday – Thursday at 8.00pm, Friday at 6pm and 9pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and 8.00pm (no Wednesday matinee). Running time: 2 hours – this one doesn’t drag on!

THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE
Tickets: £15 - £64.50.  ON SALE NOW

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

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