MELBOURNE

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Arts -

Theatre Pa­trick Mar­ber has lifted se­rial wom­an­iser Don Juan out of Moliere’s 17th cen­tury and dropped him into the 21st. Don Juan in Soho — ‘‘ filthy, fu­ri­ous, glo­ri­ously funny’’, writes Lon­don critic Christo­pher Hart in The Times — has its Aus­tralian pre­miere with suave Dan Wylie as the pants- man. Melbourne Theatre Com­pany at the Fair­fax Stu­dio, previews from Jan­uary 4. Book­ings: 1300 723 038. Mu­si­cal: With mem­o­rable tunes, big dance num­bers and cheap gags, Spa­malot is an en­ter­tain­ment of the kind it par­o­dies, writes Ea­monn Kelly. Cre­ated by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, it draws heav­ily on the Athurian lam­poon Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Bille Brown plays King Arthur with mar­vel­lous un­der­state­ment; also out­stand­ing are Lucinda Shaw as the Lady of the Lake and Stephen Hall as Lancelot. Her Majesty’s Theatre. Book­ings: 136 100.

Silly: Hall and Shaw in Spa­malot

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