13-18 April 2015
Reviewed by Natasha Kolb
The Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury is an impressive and beautiful modern building. This was our first visit to this theatre and we liked it immediately, choosing to have a drink prior to the performance and enjoy the pleasant setting and excited atmosphere. Parking for the theatre is directly opposite the complex with a multi-storey car park within walking distance also available. We parked easily in the multi-storey and as it was after 6:30pm, it only cost £1 for the evening. Details for the parking along with directions to the theatre can be found in the theatres website.
The Waterside Theatre boasts bars on all three levels and plenty of seating on each. There are bars and restaurants close to theatre complex and the theatre also has its own cafe which offers food until from10am until 5pm or 7pm when a show is on.
We took our seats in the auditorium which is contemporary and modern architecture mixed with natural rustic materials giving it a sleek but warm feeling. We were also greeted with a beautiful traditional red curtain across the stage which is a tradition which seems to have been lost in most if the recent productions we have seen.
Spamalot, as the show’s programme stated it, has been lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights as they seek the Holy Grail with a little help from the Lady in the Lake.
We were unsure as to whether we would ‘get’ the jokes having never particularly watched Monty Python before, however we needn’t have worried, whatever your taste, there really was something for everyone in this show!
Joe Pasquale stars brilliantly in the role of King Arthur being, so naturally funny that it was impossible to know what was scripted and what was ad-libbing! His side kick/manservant was played by Todd Carty who we all know from Eastenders who appears as you’ve never seen him before, delivering a fantastic performance! The third main character, The Lady of The Lake, was played by Sarah Earnshaw who I particularly enjoyed watching. It was clear she had experience and the talent of any West End star and yet also fitted into this comedy role perfectly. Of course I’ve mentioned the main stars of the show but equally, recognition needs to go to each and every cast member who were all clearly talented and delivered perfect, hilarious performances!
Adding to the high quality of this production was the fabulous music played live and at times, on stage by an orchestra. The show featured songs including He Is Not Dead Yet, ‘Knights Of The Round Table’ and most people’s favourite, ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’!
From the very start, Spamalot had us in hysterics with laugh after laugh.
The show ended in my opinion too soon, I simply could have watched it and giggled along for hours, however we were treated to a show stopping finale complete with a good old singalong!
Not only is it ridiculously funny throughout, it’s full of top quality performers with an incredible staging and directing adding to the hilarious perfection that is Spamalot!
Whether you are familiar with Monty Python or not, this is a simply brilliant show and one truly not to be missed!
Tickets are from £13.40 to £44.90 which in my opinion, is worth every penny. This of course gets five out of five from us!
Tickets cost from £13.40 to £44.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Spamalot is at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury until 18 April 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7607.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG