Spamalot to begin UK tour in Blackpool

Spamalot - 130 - PressThe Knights of the Round Table will be galloping into towns across the UK this autumn when a major new production of Spamalot hits the road following its critically acclaimed run at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre.

Presented by Selladoor Productions and the Mercury Theatre, the latest version of the award-winning musical will open at Blackpool Opera House on 11 September ahead of a UK 2017/2018 tour.

Based on the classic 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot offers a comically eccentric version of Arthurian legend that includes dancing nuns, killer rabbits and ferocious Frenchmen.

Due to end its Colchester run on Saturday (13 May), the new production is directed by Daniel Buckroyd with design by Sara Perks, choreography by Ashley Nottingham, lighting design by David W Kidd and sound by Chris Bogg.

Commenting on the tour, Selladoor Worldwide’s David Hutchinson: “We are delighted to be working with the Colchester Mercury to bring Spamalot on a comprehensive UK tour and exploring international touring opportunities, having secured Selladoor’s first production in Korea – hopefully to be followed by further international dates. Selladoor continues to strive to ensure high-quality work made in producing regional houses meets the widest possible market. This nine-month tour certainly shows the demand for this brilliant evening at the theatre.”

The company includes: Bob Harms, Sarah Harlington, Marc Akinfolarin, Norton James, Matthew Pennington and Gleanne Purcell-Brown. Other names are yet to be announced.

The production will play Blackpool until 16 September before moving on to Bridlington, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Sunderland, Exeter, Chester, Manchester, Woking and Wimbledon this year. The tour will begin the 2018 leg of the tour in Buxton before heading for Reading, Coventry, Malvern, Billingham, Basildon and the Wirral.

As part of Selladoor Worldwide’s international strategy, the production will also visit Korea in June.

Angela Thomas

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