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Show Details

Preview 14th Nov 12
Opens 14th Nov 12
Closes 12th Apr 14

Show Times

Mon - Sat 8.00 pm
Matinée Wed & Sat 2.30 pm
Show Length 2 Hrs

Local Info

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21 Monmouth Street
020 7836 7243

Loch Fyne (Fish & Seafood)
2 - 4 Catherine Street
020 7240 4999
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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



The Story

Monty Python and the Holy Grail was a film in 1975 – the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. This has now been made into a musical with some of the original songs from the film. Arthur is travelling around England looking for knights to join him - then he's instructed by God Hisself to find the holy grail.

It's a mixture of enough traditional Python with enough new material to make for the best entertainment for the familiar and the new-to-Python audiences. About half the songs were written for the production.

People want to know in advance - is it funny? Judging from the reviews it is.

to quote
"The lyrics are as witty as Brooks' The Producers and still laden with classic Python tom-foolery and ridiculousness. In a cultural map based on serious and sullen operatics, it is a refreshing change to find something so completely off the wall yet delivered with as much seriousness and gusto".
Even the proper Guardian reviewer who sounded pretty jaded in his piece admitted to "laugh- out-loud-silly" and enjoyed Simon Beale's performance of King Arthur


Eric Idle and John Du Prez co-wrote the score which has been described as funny by all the ones who enjoyed themselvs - often despite cynical expectations of the actors 'impersonating the holy grail characters' in the film - now an icon.

The scenery is great stuff - no corners cut here.

Seatwave blogs 'theatrebuff' says something very important - if you are not familiar with the original material then " are culturally deficient, and you must rectify this inadequacy immediately by renting or buying all three Monty Python films"


  • Les Dennis - King Arthur
  • Bonnie Langford - Lady of the Lake

  • Director - Christopher Luscombe
  • Book & Lyrics - Eric Idle
  • Music - John du Prez
  • Producer - Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group
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