Broadway is the Holy Grail

Can top talent and wobbly luncheon meat bring the Python magic to the stage? Helen Walters finds out

And where else will you find scenery painted on to a big sheet being wound between two extras to demonstrate long distance travel? Nowhere on Broadway, that’s for sure. The show mixes the farce and ‘look behind you!’ spirit of traditional British pantomime with the glamour and effortlessness of the Broadway machine and the results are, well, unlike anything else. Just like the original.

Spamalot opened this week at the Shubert Theater on Broadway, New York

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