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REVIEW: "Monty Python’s Spamalot" at Twelfth Night Theatre

Having had the pleasure of experiencing Monty Python’s Spamalot by Paterson Productions at the Twelfth Night Theatre, I can confidently say that this production stands as a comedic masterpiece that rivals the best of Broadway. Running from November 17th to November 26th, the show not only met but exceeded all expectations, leaving me compelled to attend twice to bask in its brilliance once again.

Under the impeccable direction of Shaun McCallum and assistant director Jasmin Flynn, Spamalot promised a tongue-in-cheek, slapstick extravaganza, and it delivered far beyond expectations. The production's distinct and defined happy ending, a delightful twist on the expected, added a unique touch to the familiar Monty Python humour. Julie Whiting, the Musical Director, led a fourteen-piece orchestra with finesse, creating a flawless harmony that perfectly complemented the outstanding vocals onstage. The choreography by Maureen Bowra, assisted by Cerys Downing, was a standout, consistently engaging and flawlessly executed.

Now, let's talk about the cast. Patrick Oxley as King Arthur commanded the stage with a perfect balance of regality and comedic ineptitude. His performance was a captivating portrayal that navigated the nuances of the character with precision. Jessica Papst, portraying the Lady of the Lake, emerged as a true standout. Her vocal performances were nothing short of extraordinary, leaving the audience in awe of her range and emotive delivery. Papst's impeccable sense of comedy and brilliant costumes and wigs added another layer of entertainment to her remarkable performance.

Jake Lyle, in the role of Sir Galahad, showcased remarkable talent and versatility, delivering excellent vocals and endearing comedic nuances. James Lennox, as Sir Lancelot, demonstrated brilliance with his versatile performances, seamlessly transitioning between characters. Sam Caruana as Sir Robin established himself as a star with delightful comedy and a warm stage presence. Lyle, Lennox, and Caruana, all demonstrated levels of talent and versatility that are characteristic of Broadway-caliber performers.

Joan Camuglia-May infused every moment onstage with comedic flair and captivating charm as Sir Bedivere. David McLaughlin, portraying Patsy, was a comedic masterclass, making the character highly relatable and utterly hilarious. Christopher Batkin as the Historian and Prince Herbert demonstrated remarkable comedic flair and versatility, leaving a lasting impact. Backing the main cast, the Laker Girls and the knights ensemble, along with the swings Ruby Thompson and Eleanor Grieve, added vibrancy and depth to the production. Each performer brought their unique personality and boundless energy to create a truly immersive experience.

The stellar cast, dedicated creatives, and skilled orchestra have crafted an unforgettable experience filled with laughter and sheer delight. Spamalot™ is not just a triumph; it's a testament to the caliber of talent that resides in the heart of Brisbane's theatre scene, proving that world-class productions can indeed emerge from unexpected places.


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