Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle
A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Directed by Lezlie Wade
Choreographed by Jesse Robb
There will be one 20-minute intermission.
This production uses atmospheric haze, flashing lights, startling sounds and pyrotechnics. It also includes suggestive content, and references to death, violence and coconuts.
“it’s a non-stop good time” – Broadway World
“Lezlie Wade’s production excels, studded with star performances and impressive aesthetics” – Intermission
“Monty Python’s Spamalot hits all the right comedic and musical notes” – Postmedia
“GOD THE ALMIGHTY AND ALL-KNOWING HAS MISPLACED A CUP?”
Monty Python's Spamalot offers up a hefty share of irreverence in a hilarious spoof of the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they go in search of the Holy Grail. This outrageous musical comedy by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, lets us look at our flaws and foibles and in doing so allows us to laugh at the things that make us human.
Setting: Medieval Britain and a little bit of France.
House Program: Monty Python's Spamalot
Runtime: Two hours and 14 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.*
*Please note that all run times are approximate.
Listen to Director's Notes, a
STRATFEST@HOME original podcast, with Director Lezlie Wade for a
pre-show introduction and a
post-show reflection .
Pre-show Episode Transcript
Post-show Episode Transcript
Production support is generously provided by The David & Amy Fulton Foundation and by The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation.
Photo credits: Jonathan Goad. Photo by Ted Belton.
Birmingham Conservatory, 1999
2023: King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot. 16th season. Stratford: Directing - The Crucible. Acting - Henry VIII, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hamlet, The Alchemist, King Lear, A Midsummer…, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Pentecost, Phèdre, The Music Man, King John, Pericles, Orpheus Descending, Henry IV, Henry VI, Fiddler on the Roof, As You Like It, Fuente Ovejuna, Julius Caesar, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Bartholomew Fair, The Brothers Karamazov. Elsewhere:A Whistle in the Dark, Speaking in Tongues (Company Theatre); Our Class, The Laramie Project (Studio 180); King Lear (Soulpepper); Arcadia (Theatre Junction). Directing:John by Annie Baker (Company Theatre). Film/TV:Reign, Alias Grace, Dark Matter, Dorsal, Nikita, Republic of Doyle, Heartland, Murdoch Mysteries, Unnatural History, Othello, Rookie Blue. Training: NTS, Birmingham Conservatory, U.Waterloo, Banff Centre. Teaching: NTS, Fanshawe College. Et cetera: Thank you for coming to the theatre!
2023: Mayor, Patsy and Guard #2 in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Second season. Stratford: Marcellus in The Music Man, Moby Dick. West End: Miss Saigon, Joseph…,UK: Assassins. Elsewhere: One for the Pot, The 39 Steps, It Runs in the Family, The Pirates of Penzance, Spamalot, Les Misérables, Man of La Mancha (Drayton); Bloodless (Theatre 20); The 39 Steps (MTC); Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls in Concert (NAC); The Rocky Horror Show (Dora nomination), A Few Good Men, Snow White (Dora nomination), The Mackenzie/Papineau Rebellion (VideoCabaret). Film/TV: The Firm, Murdoch Mysteries, Odd Squad, The Sparrow directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Eddie is in his 25th year as the voice of YTV. Et cetera: Eddie has also appeared in 20 shows for Ross Petty Productions at the Elgin Theatre.
2023: Sir Lancelot, The French Taunter, Knight of Ni, Tim the Enchancter and Mud Castle Guard in Monty Python's Spamalot and understudy in Frankenstein Revived. Third season. Stratford: The Homecoming, Twelfth Night, and Henry in Henry V. Broadway: The Lehman Trilogy, The Height of the Storm, Summer, Cabaret, Macbeth, The Farnsworth Invention, The Coast of Utopia, Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Invention of Love. Off-Broadway: Coriolanus (Red Bull); Clive (the New Group); The Glass Cage and Echoes of the War (Mint Theater). Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Westport, Hartford Stage, TUTS, ASF, The Old Globe and the Alley Theatre. Sam Mendes's The Bridge Project. Film and Television: Fosse/Verdon; I Love You But I Lied; Boardwalk Empire; Law & Order: SVU; Welcome to New York. Training: MFA, The Old Globe Theatre. Check out his band "Notes From Underground" and their EP: "Rock, Pith & Brevity" wherever you listen to music. Instagram: @aaronckrohn.
2023: Sir Robin, Mudcastle Guard, Dead Collector and Guard #1 in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Sixth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Shakespeare in Love, Little Pinks, Martin Guerre, Up From Paradise. Elsewhere: Jersey Boys (TIP); Anne of Green Gables, Munschables (Charlottetown Festival); Jumping Ship (NAC); Buddy Holly (Mayfield); So How's it Been (Here For Now); Wizard of Oz, Shrek: The Musical, The 25th Annual... Spelling Bee (Grand Theatre); Billy Elliot (RMTC); Evangeline (Charlottetown/Citadel); Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage); The Sound of Music, 9 to 5: The Musical (Drayton Entertainment); Robin Hood, High School Musical (Theatre Aquarius); Port Hope Capitol, Theatre Orangeville, Theatre St. John's, Smile Theatre. Et cetera: Love and thanks to all of the amazingly supportive friends and family in my life.
2023: Swing in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Seventh season. Stratford: Chicago, Here's What It Takes (workshop), Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, R+J Remixed (workshop), Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Peter's Final Flight (Ross Petty Panto); Joseph and the Amazing… (Theatre Aquarius); Funny Girl - META-nominated (Segal Centre); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Cats - Dora-nominated (Mirvish - Panasonic). Film/TV: Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival, 2017), Full Out (2015), Big Fun Weeknights (YTV), Get Up 'N Move (Revolver Films). Awards: Maureen Forrester Award, Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival); Amy Wallis Scholarship (Charlottetown Festival); gold and silver medals (International Tap Dance Championships). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @EricMackAbel. Et cetera: Thanks to Mom, Devon, Ian, Addie, Krista, Bruce and the TH gang for all their support.
2023: Rehearsal swing in Monty Python's Spamalot. Second season. Stratford:Chicago, Northern Tracks.Elsewhere: Nick in The Prom (Drayton Entertainment); The Little Mermaid, Encore! (Rainbow Stage); Sunday in the Park with George (Eclipse Theatre Company); Grease (Mandell Entertainment); Mamma Mia! (Dancyn Productions); Bobby in Cabaret, Ricky Rhodes in Pump Up the Volume, Specs/Swing in Newsies, In Real Life, Chelsea Sunrise (Theatre Sheridan); Human Symbiosis, Timeless, Let the Elephants Dance (Dark Dance Company). Training: Sheridan College, Broadway Dance Center (Lizz Picini, Marc Kimelman, Josh Assor), Dark Dance Company. Awards: Triple Threat Award at Sheridan College. Online: @devin.alexanderr Et cetera: Work hard, be kind and chase after your dreams. Love to my friends and family and special thanks to my powerhouse agents at 10 Talent Management.
2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. Eighth season. Stratford: Carousel, The Adventures of Pericles, Crazy for You, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 42nd Street, Much Ado About Nothing, West Side Story, A Funny... Forum, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, The King and I. Elsewhere: Holiday Inn (Shaw); Return to Grace, A Funny... Forum (Mirvish); multiple seasons for Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Aquarius and Neptune Theatre. Film/TV (selected): Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Next Step, State Like Sleep, Warehouse 13, Hellcats, Slings and Arrows, Honey, Stormy Weather. Theatre Choreography: Elf: the Musical (Neptune); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Adventures of Pericles (Stratford); Holiday Inn (Shaw, asst. choreographer). TV/Film Choreography: SEE (Season 3 movement choreographer, AppleTV), Man Seeking Woman, four Famous Footwear commercials; Degrassi: Next Class, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas (asst. choreographer); Pacific Rim (assoc. choreographer).
2023: Brother Maynard in Monty Python's Spamalot and Henry Clerval in Frankenstein Revived. Sixth season. Stratford: Chicago, Nelson Green in Wedding Band (Meighen Forum); Billy Elliot, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man, Romeo in R & J Remixed (workshop), Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Frankenstein (workshop). Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); National Tour of Laurier (Charlottetown Festival/Theatre New Brunswick); Shrek the Musical (Rainbow Stage); Hill Rise in Dancer! (A Musical in Ten Furlongs) (workshop) (Elgin Theatre). Film/TV: Mia Michaels Live; Series lead (Max) in The Next Step; "Dangerous Home" (music video); MuchMusic Video Awards. Training: Bachelor's Degree from Queen's University, Canadian Dance Company, Louisa Burgess Corbett, Jennie Such. Online: @thedevonbrown. Et cetera: Love to my family and Seventh House Talent. To my beautiful wife, Heather, thank you for always loving and supporting me, I couldn't do it without you.
2023: Sir Robin (cover) in Monty Python's Spamalot. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:Damn Yankees, Grand Hotel, Oh, What A Lovely War, Master Harold… and the Boys, Uncle Vanya, Peter and the Starcatcher, Light Up The Sky (Shaw Festival); Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors, Mythic (Segal Centre); Cabaret (Grand Theatre); The Millennial Malcontent (Tarragon Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Productions); The Rocky Horror Show (STC); Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre). Film/TV:Letterkenny, Workin' Moms, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Saving Hope. Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Awards: Toronto Theatre Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play (Master Harold… and the Boys). Online: @jamespatrickdaly. Et cetera: Sending love to Trevor and a huge thank you for all his help along this journey. I would also like to thank everyone at the Festival for welcoming me into the family with open arms. I am very grateful.
(she/her)2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. Fourth season. Stratford: Go-To-Hell Kitty in Chicago, Francesca in West Side Story, Water Nymph in The Tempest. Elsewhere: Diana Ross in The Soul of Motown (Stage West Calgary); Dynamite in Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius, Mirvish, Broadway, US national tour); Candy in Obeah Opera (Luminato and National Alliance for Musical Theatre's 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals); Arista in The Little Mermaid (Capitol Theatre); Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, Ali in Mamma Mia! (Port Hope Festival). Film/TV:Mirror, Mirror (starring Julia Roberts), The L.A. Complex. Online: @Miuzia (Instagram). Et cetera: Amanda dedicates this season to her loving and supportive family & friends… you know who you are!
(he/him) Birmingham Conservatory 2006
2023: Mrs. Galahad, Sir Bedevere and Concord in Monty Python's Spamalot and understudy in A Wrinkle in Time. Fifth season. Stratford: Caesar and Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Pentecost, Of Mice and Men, Othello, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, Much Ado.... Elsewhere: Into the Woods (Winter Garden, Dora nom. Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical); The Judas Kiss (Talk Is Free); The Last Five Years (Neptune); The 39 Steps (Chemainus). Other highlights include The Best Brothers (Western Canada Theatre/TNW); Having Hope At Home (Neptune); A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre); Lucky Stiff, Spamalot (Drayton); Red, Cabaret, Legally Blonde (Theatre Aquarius); The Wedding Singer (Stage West, Calgary Critics nom. Best actor in a Musical); Sherlock Holmes (MTC); Lies My Father Told Me (Segal Centre); Visiting Mr. Green (Harold Green). Training: Toronto Met (BFA - Theatre); Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Guthrie (Chalmers Apprentice Award). Et cetera: Love and gratitude to Billy and my family.
2023: Prince Herbert, French Guard and Minstrel in Monty Python's Spamalot and Swing in Frankenstein Revived. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: The Prince in Cinder-Ellie, Mamma Mia! (Tweed and Co.); Mamma Mia! (Drayton Entertainment); Mamma Mia! (Mayfield); Fender in Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius); LeFou in Beauty and the Beast (Globe Theatre); Pavlo in Kamp (Eastern Front Theatre/ Neptune Theatre); Rock of Ages (Stage West Calgary); Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre); Alice through the Looking Glass, Ensemble in Canada Rocks!, Mamma Mia!, and Tommy Sloane for three seasons in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance from Toronto Metropolitan University. Online: @doigjosh. Et cetera: Josh is extremely grateful for his incredible support team. Lots of love to his Mom, Dad, Madeline, Kevin, Nicole and the whole da Costa family.
2023: Historian, Not Dead Fred, Sir Fred and Minstrel in Monty Python's Spamalot and understudy in A Wrinkle in Time. Fifth season. Stratford: Chicago, Here's What It Takes, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, The House of Martin Guerre. Elsewhere: Doody in Grease (Winter Garden); Tom of Warwick in Camelot (Drayton Entertainment); Tommy Sloane in Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre); Riff in West Side Story (BMT); What a Wonderful World (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Playlist Performer with Carnival Cruise Lines; Footloose, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde and The Addams Family (Grand Theatre HSP). TV: Murdoch Mysteries. Training: Canada's National Ballet School, Dance Steps London, Beal Performing Arts. Online: @thefirmstonator. Et cetera: Love to Ash, his parents, and Lucy. Huge thanks to Lezlie, Jesse, Laura, Bruce and the wonderful TH gang, and all the mentors who have helped along the way.
2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and understudy in A Wrinkle in Time. Fourth season. Stratford: Little Shop of Horrors, Billy Elliot, You Can't Stop the Beat Cabaret. Elsewhere: Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (Arts Club); The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Centaur Theatre/BTW/NAC); I Think I'm Fallin' - The Songs of Joni Mitchell (Belfry Theatre); Lady in Orange in for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, The Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience, The 27 Club (Soulpepper); Fate in Hadestown (Citadel); The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (NAC). TV: Minority Report (Fox); Heroes Reborn (NBC); Incorporated (Syfy/CBS); The Boys (Sony/Amazon), Y: The Last Man (FX). Awards: Jessie Award (Avenue Q); META Award (Adventures of a Black Girl). Et cetera: To my baby Ellis, and my Baby Daddy Scott -- I love you both.
2023: Sir Not Appearing, French Guard and Dancing Monk in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Stratford debut. McKinley is so excited to be making his Stratford debut this year. National Tours: Acrobat/ensemble in Miss Saigon (North American tour). Elsewhere: Swing/Dance Captain in Beauty and the Beast, Magic Carpet in Aladdin (Disney Cruise Lines); Ensemble in King Arthur: The Panto (Port Hope Festival Theater); Dancer in The Nutcracker (Toronto International Ballet Theatre). TV/Film: Recurring dancer on The Next Step (Disney Channel). Training: Lisa Naves Dance Company, Salzburg Ballet. Awards: Teen Male Dancer of the Year (American Dance Awards). Online: Insta @mckinleyknuckle, firstname.lastname@example.org. Et cetera: McKinley would like to thank his parents for paying for all his dance classes growing up. He dedicates his season to Gramma Liz.
2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Swing in Frankenstein Revived. Seventh season. Stratford: Liz in Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, The Beaux' Stratagem. Elsewhere (selected): Return to Grace (Fallsview Casino, Thailand); Chicago, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan (Drayton); Joseph…, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); Dance Legends (Drayton, Grand Theatre). Film/TV (selected):Just Short of Reality (STRATFEST@HOME), The Boys, What We Do In The Shadows, Warehouse 13, Hellcats, L.A. Complex, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. Training/Teaching: Music Theatre Performance (Sheridan); certified yoga instructor, mentor and trainer to dancers. Online: @bethanykovarik. Et cetera: Living out your passion is truly special. Forever grateful for the hearts of family and friends who have supported me along the way; especially Mom, Dad, Ryan, and Talent House.
(she/her) Métis Nation of Alberta
2023: Swing in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Second season. Stratford: Chicago, The Flood (Directors' Workshop), exercise your demons (Director's Workshop). Elsewhere: Controlled Damage (Grand Theatre); Fame (Randolph Theatre). Film:A Way of Life (2022). Training: Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Awards: Randolph College Triple Threat Award and Governor General's Award. Online: Instagram @graciemackk Et cetera: For my loved ones, my ancestors, the sun shining all the while, the flowers and of course the bees. The dancing bumblebees.
2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. Sixth season. Stratford: A Chorus Line (Sheila), A Little Night Music (Mrs.Segstrom), Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Elektra. Elsewhere: Mirvish: The Wizard of Oz (Toronto & National Tour), Lord of the Rings (Eowyn), The Producers. Citadel/Theatre Calgary: Crazy for You (Polly), and West Side Story. Drayton: Lucky Stiff (Rita), How to Succeed... (Hedy LaRue), Cinderella (Baroness). Other: Mina Murray in Dracula: A Chamber Musical (INNERchamber concert); Annie in Lies My Father Told Me (Segal Centre). Et cetera: This season is dedicated to my beautiful Mother, Joyce Mackie. She was the wind beneath my wings and is the joy forever in my heart. My kiddos, Tiaga and Easton, Grandpa Gil Mackie and Thelon, I love you so much.
2023: Swing in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Gym captain and assistant dance captain for Matilda (first national tour, Mirvish); Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz (first national tour, Mirvish); Peter Pan in Peter Pan in Wonderland (Ross Petty Productions); five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival including associate choreographer of Kronborg: The Hamlet Rock Musical, Mamma Mia! and swing in Anne of Green Gables; Mamma Mia! (The Grand); Priscilla, Rock of Ages (Drayton); Elf, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol (Theatre Aquarius); West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); Death in Venice (Canadian Opera Company). Choreographer: Assassins, Metamorphoses (Theatre Sheridan). TV/Film: Sullivan's Crossing (CTV); Washington Black (Disney/Hulu); FROM (Epix); The Sinner (USA); Sugar Highs (Emotion). Training: Sheridan College. Online: @armacpherson. Et cetera: Big love and thanks to the Talent House, Flea, Monkey and my family out East.
2023: Swing in Monty Python's Spamalot and appears in Frankenstein Revived. Second season. Stratford: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wanderlust. Elsewhere: My Fair Lady, The Admirable Crichton, The Women (Shaw); Les Misérables (Mirvish); Mary Poppins (Broadway national tour); Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (national tour); Annette in Saturday Night Fever (national tour); Demeter in Mythic, Morality in April Fools (Segal Centre); Cathy in The Last Five Years (Neptune); Mary, Winifred in Mary Poppins (Neptune, Aquarius, Capitol); Fiona in Shrek (Neptune, Rainbow); Gloria in Damn Yankees, Sally in Me & My Girl, Glinda in Wizard of Oz, Pirates of Penzance (Drayton); Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow); Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense (BCP); Twist and Shout (Chemainus); Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival), Heather's Garden Variety Concert Series. Online: @adventurous.heather, heathermcguigan.com. Et cetera: Thank you for supporting live theatre. As always, for James and Galen.
2023: Appears in Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. Third season. Kyla grew up in Stratford and is thrilled to be back, working in her hometown. Stratford: Swing in Chicago, Shadow in Wendy & Peter Pan. Elsewhere (selected): Monster (The Monster Collective); Newsies (Drayton Entertainment); Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up (Globe Theatre); Mary Poppins, Shrek, The Addams Family (Neptune Theatre); Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, I Love You...Now Change (Stage West); Saturday Night Fever (North American tour, North Core Productions); Crazy for You (Capitol Theatre); Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline, Ring of Fire (Charlottetown Festival). TV/Film: Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), 1Up (Lionsgate/Buzzfeed). Other: Kyla is co-creator and co-host of the musical theatre podcast, Tits and Teeth, and a founding board member of the CGDC. Et cetera: LOVE to my husband, my family (both chosen and blood) the T-House, and this magical festival! Online: @kymussels @titsandteethpodcast @officialcgdc.
2023: Rehearsal swing in Monty Python's Spamalot. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Patty Simcox and associate choreographer in Grease the Musical (Winter Garden); Hairspray, Elf, Grease, All Shook Up, Spamalot, High School Musical (Drayton Entertainment); Anne of Green Gables, Mamma Mia!, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Crazy For You (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre); Beauty and the Beast, Music Man (Capitol Theatre). Film/TV:Reacher, American Gods (Amazon); The Next Step (Family); In the Tall Grass (Netflix). Assistant choreographer, The Moblees (CBC); Warrior (NBC); CARRIE (Sony); One Starry Christmas (CTV); CCMA (CBC); Warehouse 13 (SYFY); King of the Camp (YTV); SYTYCDC (CTV). Other:NBA Toronto Raptors Dance Pak (Four Seasons), Registered Kinesiologist. Online: @vancerdancer. Et cetera: A dream come true. Love and thanks to my family, David and Hunter.
Book and lyrics: Monty Python's Spamalot
Eric Idle has multi-hyphenated his way through life assiduously avoiding a proper job, from a writer and actor in the legendary Monty Python TV series and movies, to the creator and director of The Rutles, the pre-fab four, whose legend will last a lunchtime. He has appeared on stage in drag singing rude songs at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl as well as performing in two highly successful tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003), for which he journeyed 15,000 miles across North America in a bus. His Greedy Bastard Diary of that tour is published by Harper Collins. His play Pass The Butler ran for five months in London's West End; he has written two novels, Hello Sailor and The Road To Mars, a children's book, The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat and a bedside companion, The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book.
Music: Monty Python's Spamalot
John Du Prez, a Trevelyan Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, and Associate of the Royal College of Music, entered the film industry in 1978 composing additional music for Monty Python's Life of Brian. This began a long association with Eric Idle, leading eventually to their current writing partnership. He has scored more than 20 feature films including The Meaning of Life, A Private Function, A Fish Called Wanda, Once Bitten, UHF and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II and III. Other Python projects include the Contractual Obligation Album, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl and The Fairly Incomplete & Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Song Book. He was musical director for Eric Idle's two North American stage tours, Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000) and The Greedy Bastard Tour (2003).
Michael Langham Workshop, 2010/11
2023: Director of Monty Python's Spamalot. Eighth season. Stratford: Director: An Ideal Husband, HMS Pinafore. Assistant director: Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla/Broadway); Fuente Ovejuna, As You Like It, A Word or Two. Associate director: Henry V. Elsewhere (selected): The Twelve Pound Look, The Yalta Game (Shaw Festival); Elegies, A Man of No Importance (Musical Stage Co.). Other: Lezlie's musical, The Gifted Prince, is currently optioned by Somerled Arts with an upcoming development workshop in NYC and the Olney Theatre Center in Maryland. Her musicals Sticky Fingers and Nobody's Children were recently produced by Yellow Door Theatre Projects. Awards: NYC International Film Award for her movie musical, Red Letter Day, Dora nomination, (Musical Stage Co.); Tom Hendry Award shortlist, The Gifted Prince. Finalist for the Stiles and Drewe best musical song prize in the UK. Lezliefwade.com. Thanks to Kevin.
2023: Choreographer of Monty Python's Spamalot. Second season. Broadway/Tours: Les Misérables (musical staging); Miss Saigon (associate choreographer, 2017 Broadway revival, North American tour and Vienna); The Cher Show (associate choreographer). Elsewhere: Choreographer of Theatre Calgary's 2019 adaptation of A Christmas Carol; Ogunquit Playhouse's critically acclaimed Ragtime; Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity (Sheets Act). As Director/Choreographer for RWS Entertainment Group (Travel Weekly Gold Magellan Awards for Celebrity, MSC and Azamara Cruises). Select associate credits: 5th Avenue Theatre, The Ordway, Cape Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival. For Mirvish Productions: We Will Rock You, Dirty Dancing and Lord of the Rings. TV: Associate choreographer for Modern Love (Amazon) and The Detour (TBS). Dance Companies: Momix, BJM Danse, Crystal Pite. Contact: jesserobb.com, @jesserobbchoreography. With love and thanks to Lezlie, Bruce Dean/TH, Michael Finkle/WME, Kevin, Paige, Les, Roberta and Emily.
2023: Music director of Monty Python's Spamalot. 44th season. Stratford: Music director (selected): You Can't Stop the Beat, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music. Composer of numerous productions including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Memoir and Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere: Music director: Rich and Famous (director John Rando), A Christmas Carol (director Carey Perloff) (ACT San Francisco); Oliver!, The Music Man (Citadel Theatre, director Robin Phillips); Brent Carver in Concert (Soulpepper). Composer: I Am My Own Wife (NAC); Don Carlos (Soulpepper); Cyrano (Citadel Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia). Awards: 2014 Tyrone Award and five Guthrie Awards (Stratford Festival), two Sterling Awards (Citadel) and nominated for Music Direction (San Francisco Bay Awards).
2023: Lighting designer of Monty Python's Spamalot. Eighth season. Stratford: The Importance of Being Earnest, Patience, Bereave'd of Light / The Fellini Radio Plays. Elsewhere: Giselle, Swan Lake (Alberta Ballet); Betty's Song, Evangeline, Canada Rocks, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); Music Man (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Black Super Hero Magic Mama, The Fantasticks, Whipping Man, River Bride (Stages Repertory); Roe, Cabaret (University of Oklahoma); Prince of Players (Houston Grand Opera/Florentine Opera); Proving Up, Taking Up Serpents, Barber of Seville (Rice University); Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Little Mermaid (Globe Theatre); Rigoletto (Canadian Opera Company). Associate: Farinelli and the King (Bespoke Productions, Belasco Theater); Rent (Mirvish Productions, Canadian tour). Training: York University BFA and MFA. Awards: Houston Press Best Lighting Design - Whipping Man. Online: reneebrode.com. Et cetera: Faculty at University of Oklahoma; Member of IATSE ADC659.
2023: Projection designer of Monty Python's Spamalot. 11th season. Stratford: The Who's Tommy, A Word or Two, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cabaret, Wanderlust, Don Juan. Elsewhere: Summer, Dr. Zhivago, JCS (Broadway); Madama Butterfly, Whiteley (Opera Australia); Swan Lake (National Ballet); Sideways, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse); Going Home Star, The Handmaid's Tale (RWB); Manchurian Candidate (Minnesota Opera); Macbeth (LA Opera); Gounod's Faust (Metropolitan Opera); Nixon in China (S.F. Opera, Lyric Kansas City, WOO-Dublin, Royal Swedish Opera, Vancouver Opera); A Word or Two (Ahmanson); Rear Window (Hartford Stage); Lillian Alling, Magic Flute (Vancouver Opera); Mountaintop, Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); Mythbusters, Alton Brown, Kids in the Hall (Touring). Event: 2017 Invictus Games Opening & Closing, 2010 Winter Paralympics Opening & Closing. Online: seannieuwenhuis.com, sensoryoverloadinc.com. Et cetera: Member IATSE ADC659 & USA829.
2023: Sound designer of Monty Python's Spamalot. Third season. Stratford: Little Women, Monty Python's Spamalot (2020). Elsewhere: Emily has worked on productions across Canada and internationally. Canadian sound designs have been with Globe Theatre, Luminato, Asha Productions, Grand Theatre, Rainbow Stage, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Neptune Theatre, Harold Green Jewish Theatre, Young People's Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Canadian Stage, Theatre20, Shaw Festival, Canadian Opera Company. She teaches university theatrical sound design and technology. Awards: Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Sound Design - Into the Woods. Online: emilyporter.ca. Et cetera: I would like to thank my family for their continued support.
2023: Supervising fight director for the 2023 season. 12th season. Stratford: Supervising Fight Director 2022, Associate: 2013-2020 seasons, Assistant: 2004, 2009 seasons. Elsewhere: Fight director - Bengal Tiger... (Crow's Theatre); Black Drum (Soulpepper); Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweet Charity, Cyrano (Shaw); Don Giovanni, War and Peace (COC). Film/TV Stunts (selected): The Boys (four seasons), See, FUBAR, Jack Reacher, What We Do In The Shadows, The Lost Symbol, Hardy Boys, The Man from Toronto, It Chapter Two, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Schitt's Creek, Murdoch Mysteries, Ginny & Georgia, Jupiter's Legacy, Supergirl, Impulse, I Was Lorena Bobbitt, Save Me, Frankie Drake, Titans, Umbrella Academy, The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Suicide Squad, Dark Matter, Killjoys, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, The Strain, Pompeii, Orphan Black, Total Recall. Training: Supreme Fight Master Elite Level 3. BFA, Ryerson University. Awards: SAG nomination, Best Stunt Ensemble, 2021, 2023 Paddy Crean. Online: @GeoffScovell.
2023: Associate choreographer of Monty Python's Spamalot. Stratford debut. Paige was born and raised in Kelowna, B.C. Elsewhere: Associate choreographer credits include productions on Broadway, at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Arena Stage, Theatre Calgary, Theatre Aspen, Busch Gardens, TheaterWorksUSA, RWS, Disney Cruise Line, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. TV/Film: 96th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade & Reefer Madness, the Movie Musical (Showtime). Additionally, Paige has worked for Disney Cruise Line as resident choreographer and choreographer, and has launched the Disney Wonder, Dream, Fantasy, and Wish cruise ships. Training: Canadian School of Ballet, Banff Centre for the Arts, National Ballet School of Canada, Canadian College of Performing Arts. Et cetera: Thrilled to be here. Thank you to Lezlie, Jesse, Talent House, the Festival, Zach, mom, dad, and sisters.
2023: Associate conductor and keyboard for Monty Python'sSpamalot. Second season. Stratford: Substitute keyboard/accordion for Chicago; Lessons in Temperament (Meighen Forum). Elsewhere: Writer/Performer of Lessons in Temperament (Outside the March, Soulpepper/NYC); Composer/Lyricist of Chasse Galerie (Soulpepper, Storefront); Composer/Sound designer for The Importance of Being Earnest, Our Town, Dance of Death, Faith Healer (Shaw Festival); Conductor/Keyboard for Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival), Rose (Soulpepper Theatre), Assassins (TIFT); Musical director for Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan), Great Expectations, Guys and Dolls, Darling of the Day (TIFT). As an actor: Marky Ramone in Four Chords and a Gun (Starvox); Moe in The Golem's Mighty Swing (Outside the March); De Bris in La Bete; Francois in Chasse Galerie (Soulpepper). Training: Soulpepper Academy, Shaw Festival's Music Director Internship, BMUS from Queen's Univeristy. Awards: Dora Award for Sound Design/Composition of Chasse Galerie.
(she/her) Langham Directors' Workshop 2023
2023: Assistant director of Monty Python's Spamalot. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Shakespeare's Villains, III, Albertine in Five Times, Hughie (RMTC Master Playwrights Festival); Passion (Red Hen); 25 productions as Artistic Director of Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects including: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albertine in Five Times, American Buffalo, The Woman in Black, The Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird and others; A Streetcar Named Desire, The 39 Steps, The Clean House (U Windsor); The Cassilis Engagement, Vinegar Tom, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, Can You See Me Yet? (U Wpg). Training: U Winnipeg (Hon. Theatre), U. Calgary (MFA Directing), Shaw Festival Director's Project, SITI Co., Shakespeare's Globe, Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. Awards: Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year 2010. Et cetera: My gratitude for Lezlie, fellow Langhamites, and my family for their unending support.
2023: Assistant lighting designer for Monty Python's Spamalot and A Wrinkle in Time. Fifth season. Stratford: Assistant lighting designer for Chicago, Henry VIII, Nathan the Wise, Birds of a Kind, The Rocky Horror Show, An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar. Elsewhere: Lighting design for Alternative Routes (NDCWales); PROUD, People Like Us (Firehall Arts Centre); Supernatural Noir (Fugue Theatre). Set/lighting design for Cabaret (Pipedream). Set/lighting/projection design for Secret Service (Fugue Theatre). Associate lighting/projection design for The Cave. Assistant lighting design for Missing (Pacific Opera Victoria); Topdog/Underdog, Boeing Boeing, Henry and Alice: Into the Wild, Circle Mirror Transformation (Arts Club). Assistant projection design for Falstaff (Bard on the Beach). Training: MA in Lighting Design, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. BFA in Theatre Production and Design, UBC. Diploma in Technical Theatre, CapilanoU. Online:aliastephen.com.
2023: Assistant lighting designer of Monty Python's Spamalot, A Wrinkle in Time and Frankenstein Revived. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Lighting Design - Me Love BINGO!: Best in Snow (Arts Club Theatre); Tuck Everlasting, The SpongeBob Musical (Arts Umbrella); Mom's the Word (Theatre NorthWest); Clean/Espejos (Neworld Theatre); So Damn Proud (Holy Crow Arts); Madame Butterfly (Burnaby Lyric Opera). Projection Design - Guide My Way (Urban Ink); Chimerica, Life of Galileo, ENRON (United Players). Assistant Lighting Design - Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes (Centaur Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Bard on the Beach); No Child… (Arts Club Theatre); 1 Hour Photo (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre). Film/TV: Lighting Design for Done/Undone (Bard on the Beach). Training: BFA in Theatre Design and Production, Visual Art (UBC). Online:www.harikaxu.com, @harikaxudesign.
2023: Assistant sound designer of Monty Python's Spamalot and A Wrinkle in Time. Second season. Stratford: Assistant sound designer of Richard III and All's Well That Ends Well (2022). Elsewhere: Sound Designer/Composer - Chemical Valley Project (Broadleaf Theatre, 2022). Sound Designer - The Unbounded (ForWhat Collective, 2022). Technical Director - Dusk Dances (2021). Audio Technician - White Girls in Moccasins (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2022). Training: Theatre and History (University of Toronto). Et cetera: Keep Moving Forward.
2023: Projection designer of Rent and assistant projection designer of Monty Python's Spamalot and A Wrinkle in Time. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Selected video and projection design credits include - Homes: A Refugee Story (Grand Theatre); Brigadoon (Shaw Festival); Sweat, Steel City Gangster (Theatre Aquarius); Much Ado About Nothing (Bard on the Beach); Nobody's Children, Hansel & Gretel, Robin Hood (Yellow Door Theatre Project); Driving Miss Daisy, Miracle on 34th St., Enemy of the People, Wizard of Oz, 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company); Rinaldo (Pacific Opera Victoria); Julius Caesar, Richard III (The Shakespeare Company). Training: Bachelor of Performing Arts (Capilano University); Studio 58. Corwin is a full member of ADC. Awards: Award for Technical Merit from CITT - LeVoyage (Flip the Switch); Robert Merritt award - Chasing Champions (Ship's Company); multiple Betty Mitchell, Jessie Richardson and Sterling award nominations. Online: www.CorwinFerguson.com.
2023: Stage manager of Monty Python's Spamalot. 25th season. Stratford (select): Death and the King's Horseman, Nathan the Wise, An Ideal Husband, Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole, Breath of Kings: Rebellion, Carousel, Man of La Mancha, The Three Musketeers, Taking Shakespeare, Henry V, Hosanna, Peter Pan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cabaret, South Pacific, My One and Only and Death of a Salesman. Elsewhere: Max's career spans over 30 years, including work with Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Opera Atelier, the Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Stage, Young People's Theatre and Mirvish Productions. Training: BA, University of Lethbridge.Awards:2012 and 2017 Guthrie Awards. Et cetera: Max runs the e-commerce division of ravenvision.ca; Canada's leading purveyor of orchid growing supplies.
2023: Stage manager of Women of the Fur Trade and assistant stage manager of Monty Python's Spamalot. Seventh season. Stratford:Death and the King's Horseman, Hamlet, R+J, Henry VIII, Birds of a Kind, Bakkhai. Elsewhere:The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute (Canadian Opera Company); Maanomaa, My Brother (Blue Bird Theatre Collective); Every Silver Lining (Next Stage Festival); Maggie & Pierre (Grand Theatre); Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls (Roseneath Theatre); The Drowsy Chaperone, Footloose, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening, Spelling Bee, Nine (Randolph College); Godspell (Theatre Sheridan); Anne of Green Gables, Evita, Shrek the Musical (LOT); The Canadian (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Hamlet (Tarragon Theatre); City of Angels (Theatre By the Bay); The Story (Theatre Columbus); The Test (The Company Theatre). Training: Sheridan College (Technical Production). Et cetera: Originally from Lima, Peru. Loves food, music, dancing. Always looking for a good book recommendation.
2023: Assistant stage manager of Monty Python's Spamalot and A Wrinkle in Time. 22nd season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager -Richard III, The Miser, The Rez Sisters, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Little Night Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Blithe Spirit, …Charlie Brown, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Kiss Me, Kate, Dangerous Liaisons, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cabaret, My One and Only, South Pacific, Oliver!, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Edward II, The Count of Monte Cristo, Anything Goes, Henry VI. Stage manager - Birmingham Conservatory, 2006, 2007. Awards: Recipient of the Tanya Award and three Guthrie Awards. Et cetera: Holly would like to thank her husband, Steve, and children Jennica and Jackson, for all their love and support.
2023: Assistant stage manager of Monty Python's Spamalot and Frankenstein Revived. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:Boy Falls From the Sky (Mirvish/Past Future Productions); Forgiveness (Arts Club/Theatre Calgary); Anne of Green Gables - The Musical, Mamma Mia!, Jesus ChristSuperstar, Kronborg - The Hamlet Rock Musical, Métis Mutt, Spinning Yarns, Ghost Light (Charlottetown Festival); Rose - A New Musical, The Seagull (Soulpepper); The Marriage ofFigaro (Edmonton Opera). Training: Arts and Cultural Management, MacEwan University. Online: @erikadmorey. Et cetera: Erika is a proud Board Member for ARC (www.arcstage.com).
2023: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and stage manager of Frankenstein Revived. 23rd season. Stratford: Stage manager - 1939, Rez Sisters, Private Lives, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Bakkhai, Tartuffe, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Taming of the Shrew, King John, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dangerous Liaisons, Cyrano de Bergerac, Zastrozzi, All's Well That Ends Well, Fanny Kemble, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Electra, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hamlet. Assistant stage manager - The Neverending Story, Antony and Cleopatra, The Matchmaker, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It. Elsewhere: Most recently, La Bête (Talk is Free Theatre, Barrie, Ont). Training: Technical Production, National Theatre School of Canada; BA, Bishop's University. Et cetera: Bona lives in Stratford with her husband, Daniel, and their daughter, Georgia.
2023: Production stage manager of the Avon Theatre and assistant stage manager of A Wrinkle in Time. 10th season. Stratford: Production stage manager, Festival Theatre, Tom Patterson Theatre. Assistant stage manager: Billy Elliot, Othello, The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, The Sound of Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It, King of Thieves. Elsewhere (selected):King Lear, Twelfth Night (SiHP); A City, Divisadero (Necessary Angel); Cracked: new light on dementia (UW/Collective Disruption); Comfort (Red Snow Collective); The Road to Paradise, Night (Human Cargo); Miracle on 34th Street (STC); Bella (HGJTC); Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown); Falling: A Wake (Blyth); The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Binti's Journey, Head à Tête, Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct); Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath); Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well (SLSF).
2023: Avon Theatre production assistant. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:A Christmas Carol, Come Down From Up River, Doris And Ivy In The Home (Upper Canada Playhouse); Wishful Seeing (4th Line Theatre); Made In Italy (Theatre Aquarius); First Drafts - Destination: Wedding, Pippin, Cabaret, The House of Martin Guerre (Theatre Sheridan). Training: Sheridan College's Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry program. Et cetera: Jess would like to thank her family and friends for their continuous support.
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