Cast of Spamalot.
Spamalot is one of the most fun musicals around based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the humour of Python is timeless, and no matter how many times I've seen the show (think its 9 times from its run at the Palace Theatre to the tours) I always find it hilarious. The show feautures many of the classic Python sequences including The Knights Who Say Nii and The Black Knight. The music from the show created by Python's Eric Idle and John Du Prez feautures the well known song 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' and such songs as 'Find Your Grail', 'You Won't Succeed In Showbiz' and 'The Diva's Lament'. The cast I most recently (a couple of the cast have now left the show) saw featured Joe Pasquale as King Arthur, Carley Stenson as The Lady Of The Lake, Michael Burgen as Patsy, James Bisp as Galahad, Rob Delaney as Sir Robin, Matthew Russell-Jones as Prince Herbert, Steffan Harri as Lancelot, Robin Armstrong as Bedevere, and the ensemble featuring Hannah Malekzad, Anouska Eaton, Chris Jenkins and Graham Newell. I certainly can't single one out for praise as they all deserve it, a fine company performing a hilarious show. I truly believe if you went to see Spamalot and you didn't leave with a smile on your face then your pulse will need checking.
|Publicity shot of Joe Pasquale and Carley Stenson.|
Another show where I can't single out a single member of the company involved is Drunk by Drew McOnie and his company. I never thought I'd be keen an a show that's dance based but I truly loved it, having seen the show twice during its short run at Curve and once at the Bridewell Theatre in London. The show is a cocktail of numbers based on drinks and follows the story of Ice who sits waiting for her date in a bar, the date doesn't show up and this leads her to tell the tale of previous partners and also all the characters she meets within the bar. The choreography comes from the young and upcoming Drew McOnie, who recently did superb work on Curve's Chicago, I think he'll go on to be the UK's best choreographer, the work here is again outstanding. The dance is set to Grant Olding's music, a score which features some great tunes, 'Scotch and Rum' (which made me and my girlfriend Megan cry on our visit to the show in London, sung and danced beautifully), 'Fruit Punch' , 'Absinthe' and 'Pimms' standing out for me. The cast are all superb too, faultless dancing and singing. Gemma Sutton, who will go on to lead big big shows is, plays Ice. Anabel Kutay is Absinthe, Simon Hardwick as Cider, Katy Lowenhoff as Champagne, Ashley Andrews as Scotch, Fela Lufadeju as Rum, Lucinda Lawrence as Vodka and Daniel Collins as Martini. They're all fantastic. I highly recommend that you catch the future work of Drew, and if you missed out on Drunk then you missed a brilliant piece of theatre.
Lauren Samuels is a young performer who I've always had an interest in, from seeing her in her professional stage debut in Peter Pan at Curve in 2009 to seeing her most recently at her homecoming concert in Bedworth Civic Hall.
|Peter Pan at Curve. Photo by Keith Pattison.|
She's a lady with a superb voice but also a wonderful actress. I loved her performance as Scaramouche in We Will Rock You, having enjoyed seeing her in London's Dominion Theatre and at Nottingham's Capital FM Arena as part of the WWRY world tour. I must praise her performance of 'Someone You'd Be Proud Of' which she recorded for The In-between musical concept album, it's truly a stunning vocal showing from Lauren, please do download it now from iTunes or Amazon. As previously mentioned I recently attended her homecoming concert at Bedworth Civic Hall, she sung a great set of songs alongside her friends, Noel Sullivan and Victoria-Hamilton Barritt. Next stop for Lauren is Water Babies again at Curve here in Leicester, I got to attend the launch for the show and I can assure you that it's going to be an incredible show and Lauren again will be superb. See below for a video of her and Louise Dearman singing 'Waiting For You' from the show. Lauren will be one of the leading light in theatre in years to come.