Belly laughs by the bucketful

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Always look on the bright side of life!

If there’s a lesson to be learned from Spamalot, then that is it – all the rest is silly, crazy nonsense.

But if you’re anything like the packed audience who attended the opening night at the Edinburgh Playhouse last night, then silly nonsense is exactly what the doctor ordered.

From the Knights who say Ni to the French Taunter, the Laker Girls and Mrs Galahad, this laugh-out-loud and then some comedy musical can’t fail to raise a right good belly laugh.

It has all of the best ingredients of Monty Python slapstick mixed in with a huge dollop of comedic talent and a soupcon of great singing voices too, making it a recipe for success.

The basic premise of the show is the search by King Arthur (Joe Pasquale), his companion Patsy (Todd Carty) and his “brave” Knights of the Round Table for the Holy Grail, but that’s about where the storyline ends. The rest is complete nonsense.

This was the second time I have seen the stage show and I enjoyed it even more this time around.

Joe Pasquale as King Arthur was just made for the part, while Sarah Earnshaw as the Lady of the Lake blew the audience away with her outstanding vocal talents and comedy acting.

Every one of the Knights brought their own wonderful slants to their individual roles, and the relatively small cast of just 12 added up to an amazing whole.

I saw people with tears running down their faces and the giggles from the audience obviously were infectious to those on the stage, with the improvisation in the script, incorporating current national and local events, one of the highlights of the show.

Silly nonsense is exactly what the doctor ordered

The audience was engaged from the opening scenes and I left feeling uplifted and cheerful – what more could you ask?

Spamalot runs at the Edinburgh Playhouse until Saturday, March 21.