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Spamalot

Spamalot is a euphoric celebration of Monty Python, daubed with a few modern flourishes and presented as a refreshingly un-reverential take on musical storytelling. The cast supply Python-esque intonation, timing and slapstick physicality that is both engaging and entertaining. The originality is not tarnished by replication and the mimicry is a delight to watch. However, […]

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Crucifixion’s A Doddle

How much do you know about Jesus’s crucifixion? There was Jesus nailed to a big wooden cross next to two criminals also being crucified . . . right? According to Julian Doyle, editor of Monty Python’s Life of Brian, this common conception might be far from the truth. By re-examining the four Gospels’ narratives of […]

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Gilliamesque

Writing autobiography can be a perilous activity. The decision to write one in itself may be seen as a narcissistic proclamation of self-assured success, explicitly showing an awareness that people want to pay money to read about your life. Terry Gilliam is in no way ignorant of this; instead, he embraces the bizarre concept, ridiculing […]

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Spamalot keeps the laughs coming

The comedy of Monty Python is not quite dead yet, and it’s doubtful it will ever be. For those who grew up with this timeless humour, it is impossible not to enjoy Spamalot. The distinctively British humour that mixes the intellectual with the just plain silly cannot be beaten. Do not be misled; there is […]