Anyone familiar with my theatre-going habits will probably be surprised I went to see Spamalot, it being a musical. But I was very kindly offered the tickets and I like to branch out every now and again and test my prejudices.
The first thing to say about Spamalot is that a lot of the audience seemed to be enjoying it (as were the actors who looked close to corpsing a couple of times). And I did laugh two or three times - there were two and a half good 'sketches'.
I say sketches because the story is kind of irrelevant, a lose frame on which to hang a number of set ups for songs and comic scenarios. And this is fine but I was expecting the comedy to be a little more biting and satirical rather than just plain silly. OK so I'll always laugh at a fart joke, and I did but much of the humour just felt old school and hackneyed.
I have had far worse evenings at the theatre, believe me, and this was in the main mildly entertaining with an occasional laugh out loud moment. But it wasn't really for me; looking on the bright side (ahem), as I said at the beginning, plenty of people seemed to find it hilarious.
Spamalot runs at the Playhouse Theatre for as long a people still buy tickets for it, I imagine.
Recently seen:Chimerica, Almeida Theatre