And now, for something completely different.
Spamalot, the silly, irreverent and original musical interpretation of the Arthurian Legend adapted from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, opens Aug. 18 at the Pentacle Theatre.
“It’s all here,” said director Robert Salberg. “King Arthur and Patsy his horse, Not Dead Fred, the French Taunter and the Knights of Ni and many more. This is a faithful and fun musical adaptation of the beloved Python film.”
Spamalot features a large cast of 20 actors who play more than 24 roles plus a dozen chorus parts. There are many quick costume changes and the set features a large, turreted castle.
“Monty Python fans are sure to love this production,” Salberg said. “Tickets are already getting scarce for some performances. Reserve your tickets early so you don’t miss it,” he added.
Monty Python alum Eric Idle wrote the book and lyrics to Spamalot, with music by John DuPrez and Idle. It won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Spamalot is generously sponsored by Erik and Laura Davis, Eden Rose Brown and FXG Construction.
What: Monty Python’s Spamalot, directed by Robert Salberg and assistant directed by Jill Sorensen.
When and where: Spamalot runs from Friday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 9, at The Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW, about 6 miles west of downtown Salem off Highway 22.
Tickets: Tickets cost $28 for weekday performances and $29 for weekend shows. Seniors, students, active military and Pentacle Theatre members receive a $1.50 discount. There is an additional $1 fee on opening night for a catered post-show party.
- Advance tickets are available at Pentacle’s downtown Salem ticket office at 145 Liberty St. NE or by calling 503-485-4300 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, or anytime online at pentacletheatre.org.
- Tickets for low-income persons: In partnership with Salem for All, Pentacle Theatre offers half-price tickets to Oregon Trail Card holders. For information, go to salemforall.org.
CONTENT ADVISORY: Pentacle Theatre seeks to inform our patrons about content that may be objectionable. Because tastes vary — and what is offensive can be subjective — we encourage you to read the script or watch the film version before purchasing a ticket if you’re concerned.
Spamalot is an irreverent musical featuring slapstick comedy, double-entendres, crude humor and overall silliness, Monte Python style. Suitable for middle-school students and older. Parental guidance is recommended.
- Language: Jokes about bodily functions and the plague.
- Sexuality: Sexual humor including double-entendres. Cross-dressing actors.
- Violence: Slapstick humor, comical battle injuries.