|Me and Birgit just before curtain up|
Many closing dates have been given for Spamalot London, and once I even bought a ticket to see the show, supposedly for the last time, only to discover that the run at The Playhouse had been extended yet again. But I fear they really mean it this time. A light finally goes out in the West End on 12th April :-(
Birgit Vaughan and I went to see the show for my 14th and penultimate time, last Saturday for the matinee performance. It was my first experience of Joe Pasquale as King Arthur, and what a delight it was! Of all the King Arthurs I have seen, he ad libed the most. It looks like he really loves trying to corpse the other actors on stage. e.g. "Shave my wildebeest"! Hilarious!
Since my last visit, I noticed some very funny little tweaks have been made to the script, like the shrubbery that's got heavy! I've seen the show change many many times since it was at The Palace Theatre, all those years ago.
No disrespect to their replacements who were great, but I was saddened to see that Jon Robyn (Galahad) and Kit Orton (Lancelot) have both left the show. And Adam Ellis (Herbert) was off that day, which only left Bonnie Langford (Lady of the Lake, whose singing gave me goosebumps), Robin Armstrong (Bedevere) and Rob Delaney (Robin) flying the flag for the old days!
Sadly, two of my bucket list items will now never be fulfilled. I never bought a D1 seat (it's a bit pricey), and I never did play Sir Not Appearing in this Show (I'm not famous enough i.e. not at all). Oh well, had fantastic fun nonetheless, seeing the show, on average, twice every year for seven years.
Supposing Spamalot really does shut on 12 April, my last time will be on 17th March; I'm going with a whole crowd. Looking forward to that even though it will be a bit sad too.