Saturday, 17 September 2011

No Naughty Bits is playing at the Hampstead Theatre

In the ABC boardroom: Terry Gilliam (Sam Alexander), Nancy Lewis-Jones (Charity Wakefield), Howard Myers (Joseph May), Lee Franklin (Issy van Randwyck), Robert Osterberg (Clive Rowe) and Michael Palin (Harry Hadden-Paton)

It's on until 15th October. Go and see it - it's wonderful!

Excerpted from Broadway World:

London's Hampstead Theatre just opened NO NAUGHTY BITS by Steve Thompson and directed by Edward Hall. Check out photos from press night below!

Thrill to the excitement of a night emission over Germany when the pilot Jennifer has to choose between his secret love for Louis, the bisexual navigator and Andy, the rear gunner..."
Edward Hall will direct award- winning Steve Thompson's hilarious new play No Naughty Bits; a witty and bold re-imagining based on a real-life event.

As a series of Monty Python airs on American Network television for the first time, it emerges that all the naughty bits have been cut. Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin take on the networks and the American courts, as they try to explain English humour and keep the rude bits in.

Steve Thompson is one of Britain's most acclaimed writers. His work for theatre includes his award-winning debut Damages (Bush), Whipping It Up (Bush and New Ambassadors), Roaring Trade (Paines Plough/Soho) and Song of The City (Soho). His writing credits for television include Sherlock, Doctor Who, Mutual Friends and Whistleblower.

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Sunday, 3 April 2011

I've seen Spamalot 8 times now! Aylesbury, 1 April 2011

Spamalot, Aylesbury, 1 April 2011

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

This brass statue of Ronnie Barker, unveiled in September 2010 by his widow Joy, David Jason and Ronnie Corbett, keeps watch over the theatre's entrance. In the 1940s, Ronnie Barker joined the Manchester Repertory Company, based in Aylesbury.

The ticket office

My Guest, William Souvatzoglou, founder of the Aylesbury firm GT Recycling, surrounded by Spamalot merchandise

The show is about to begin!

Me with King Arthur (Phill Jupitus @jupitusphillip). He was the 6th actor I've seen playing the part of King Arthur. He played the role very well I thought.

Me with the Lady of the Lake (Julie Prenger @musicalmissy) who is the most hyperactive Lady of the Lake I've ever witnessed and I told her so! Wonderful voice!

Me with the very talented Graham MacDuff whom Harry (son) and I met back in 2007 backstage at the Palace Theatre when Spamalot was doing a run there. He recognised me immediately to my astonishment and asked how Harry was doing! In 2007, he was playing the part of Sir Galahad but now he is playing Sir Lancelot. He must be the longest serving member of the Spamalot team!

Friday, 7 January 2011

Washington Post raves over Monty Python’s Camelot Smashalot

Camelot Smashalot

by Rob Crossley

Zattikka game a higher flier than those Angry Birds, says national paper

A Monty Python game based on the same premise as Angry Birds has been touted by The Washington Post as one to watch for 2011.

The Flash-based title, entitled Camelot Smashalot, tasks players with the familiar concept of hurtling projectiles at makeshift castles.

Camelot Smashalot’s mix of a popular gameplay concept with the iconic British TV comedy series has already proved a popular formula. The game has made the Washington Post’s annual In/Out list for 2011.

The title is likely to be one of the numerous minigames to feature in The Ministry of Silly Games – a fully-fledged Monty Python game to be released this year by social games firm Zattikka.

Camelot Smashalot will be released for free across Facebook.