Monty Python’s Spamalot is unlike any other theatrical production I have seen this year. It is loud, raucous, immensely funny and to paraphrase a phrase from the strapline “a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture”. It is an absolutely delightful production with standing ovations guaranteed every night. Eric Idle and the composer John Du Prez have brought a hilarious musical to the West End having stolen every funny line, joke and absurdity from the original Monty Python. The songs are both catchy and downright stupid. From a practical point of view there is some merit in watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail so as to ensure that you are up to speed with the humour that said most of the audience when I saw the production knew the script almost as well as the actors. For those who have not seen the film, the premise is King Arthur’s search for the Holy Grail; with a touch of romance; the French and always looking on the bright side. The must see musical of 2006. JMH

Spamalot is at the Palace Theatre Cambridge Circus London. Box Office:  0870 8900142.