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Ac­claimed as one of the best come­dies of all time, Monty Python and the Holy Grail serves as the in­spi­ra­tion for a loosely based stage adap­ta­tion,

Monty Python’s Spa­malot, open­ing this month at the Globe Au­di­to­rium in Taguig. Though the mu­si­cal features a nearly iden­ti­cal set of char­ac­ters from the crit­i­cally ac­claimed film and in­cor­po­rates a num­ber of un­for­get­table scenes, Spa­malot takes the quest for the Holy Grail much fur­ther than in the movie. King Arthur leads the ac­tion ac­com­pa­nied by his loyal knights: Sir Lancelot, the Homi­ci­dally Brave; Sir Robin, the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot; Sir Den­nis Gala­had, the Dash­ingly Hand­some; and Sir Bede­vere, the Strangely Flat­u­lent. Pay at­ten­tion or you might miss a gag cast mem­ber, Sir Not-Ap­pear­ing-in-this-Show. Of course, the show wouldn’t be com­plete with­out the ap­pear­ances of the mys­te­ri­ous Lady of the Lake, the hys­ter­i­cal Knights who say Ni, and the psy­chotic Black Knight. The orig­i­nal stage ver­sion of Spa­malot, which fea­tured lyrics and book by Monty Python mem­ber Eric Idle with mu­sic co-writ­ten by John Du Prez, opened in Chicago in 2004. It made it to Broad­way the fol­low­ing year, win­ning three Tony Awards. The Philip­pine run, pre­sented by Up­start Pro­duc­tions, is di­rected by Joel Trinidad and Nicky Triv­iño. April 13, 14, 15, 20, and 22, Globe Au­di­to­rium, May­bank Per­form­ing Arts The­ater, Boni­fa­cio Global City; tick­ets avail­able through Tick­et­world, 891.9999, tick­et­world.com.ph.

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