Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Spamalot... my 15th time - maybe not my last after all

Spamalot is on at The Playhouse Theatre, London, but not for much longer. (Photo by Hy Money)

Yes, I went to see Spamalot again! This time, accompanied by my friends Sally Western (of Peter Cook 'Green Plaque' fame) and Hy Money (the UK's first female sports photographer and former photographer for Crystal Palace FC).

We had such a great time! I was so pleased to see Adam Ellis again as it was his day off last time I saw the show, much to my disappointment. His portrayal of Prince Herbert is so funny! After the show, we met the cast as they came out of the stage door and luckily, Hy Money took a photo of Adam and me!

Adam Ellis (who plays Prince Herbert and lots of other characters) and me, with the Millennium Wheel in the background (photo by Hy Money)

It was also wonderful for me to see, for the first time, James Bisp in the role of Sir Gallahad (and the Black Night and Prince Herbert's father etc). I was really impressed! What a strong performance! He really brought all the characters to life. Clearly, he has a glittering career ahead of him. I was so looking forward to meeting him at the stage door, but he somehow slipped out, probably when I was chatting to another member of the cast. I think they should come out one by one in an orderly fashion for us fans! It would make things so much easier if the theatre installed a ticketing system like they have at the deli counter in Sainsbury's. I digress.

I did manage to have a little chat with newbies Michael Burgen who plays Patsy, Daniel Boys (Sir Lancelot, Knight of Ni!, French Knight and Tim the Enchanter etc) and King Arthur himself, Joe Pasquale who photobombed a shot of Bonnie Langford and Hy Money I was taking!

It must be pretty scary stepping into a well-established show as the new boy! Respect to them!

Bonnie Langford (Lady of the Lake) and Hy Money being photobombed by Joe Pasquale (King Arthur)
 Bonnie Langford and Hy Money without Joe Pasquale
 Bonnie Langford and Hy Money with Joe Pasquale
I also managed to have a chat with Spamalot veterans Rob Delaney who plays Sir Robin (it was not much more than a "hello" to be honest, unfortunately), the lovely Hannah Malekzad (one of the knights who say Ni! and female ensemble) and the no-less-lovely Robin Armstrong (Sir Bedevere and Sir Galahad's mother etc). The cast are such a friendly bunch of people!

 Robin Armstrong, Michael Burgen and me (photo by Hy Money)
Spamalot closes on Saturday April 12th. How I would love to have a ticket for that performance...!


One reason that Hy Money was keen to meet up with Bonnie Langford was that she wanted to show her some photos she took of the cast of the 1982 performance of Pirates of Penzance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane which starred an 18-year old Bonnie! Hy was a press photographer at the time and had been invited to the show's photocall. And here they are:

Lots of famous faces in the cast of Pirates of Penzance, Theatre Royal, 1982, including Bonnie Langford. Can you name them all? (Photos by Hy Money)


johnalexwood said...

My Twitter conversation with Bonnie Langford:

uptone: @bonnie_langford Good to see you again last night Bonnie! Had a fantastic time as always Hope you can get Hy's photo ok from the blog.
12:02am, Mar 19 from HootSuite

bonnie_langford: @uptone lovely to see you John and meet Hy too. Thanks for the photos. Happy times xxx
8:56pm, Mar 19 from Twitter for iPhone

uptone: @bonnie_langford Enjoy your last few days of Spamalot! You have been such a wonderful (and very silly!) Lady of the Lake! End of an era
10:23pm, Mar 19 from HootSuite

johnalexwood said...

It wasn't my last time as I predicted. I'm going to see the last performance tomorrow night. It will be a bitter sweet experience. Funnily enough, I went to Spamalot's last performance at the Palace Theatre too a few years ago.

johnalexwood said...

Last night was great! Bitter sweet. Will be blogging about it in a minute.