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Pick Me Up Spamalot – photo by Matthew Kitchen


Grand Opera House, York

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.


Pick Me Up are delighted to bring back the plague to York ... with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine, together with a brace of impossibly beautiful dancing girls, flatulent Frenchmen and monster killer rabbits.


The story begins... Arthur and his faithful and smelly servant Patsy recruit an array of knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad.


Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni.


And not forgetting the fantastic tunes by Eric Idle, John Du Prez and Neil Innes including He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail, Diva's Lament and, of course, the anthem for British pluck: Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

Nick Lewis ​– who played the title role in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd for Pick Me Up – is King Arthur and Emily Ramsden – last seen with Pick Me Up in Ghost The Musical – is the Lady of the Lake.

George Stagnell – Czolgosz in Sondheim's Assassins – plays Arthur's trusty servant Patsy, Adam Sowter – Gilbert Chilvers in Betty Blue Eyes – is Brave Sir Robin, and Joe McNeice, John Whitney and Andrew Roberts make their Pick Me Up debuts as Dennis Galahad, Lancelot and Bedevere.


Robert Readman directs and Sam Johnson is musical director.

Photography by Matthew Kitchen

Pick Me Up Spamalot – photo by Matthew Kitchen
Nick lewis as Sir Arthur – photo by Matthew Kitchen

21-26 November 2016


Adapted from

Monty Python and the Holy Grail


Book and lyrics by

Eric Idle


Music by

John Du Prez, Eric Idle, Neil Innes


Directed by

Robert Readman


Musical Director

Sam Johnson


Stefanie Lyons



King Arthur

Nick Lewis

Lady of the Lake

Emily Ramsden

Brave Sir Robin/2nd Guard

Adam Sowter

Dennis Galahad/Concord

Joe McNeice

Dennis' Mother/Brother Maynard Andrew Caley

Lancelot/French Taunter

John Whitney

Patsy/1st Guard

George Stagnell

Historian/Not Dead Fred/Prince Herbert

Matthew Jackson


Andrew Roberts

Head Knight/French Taunter 2/Mayor of Finland

James Coldrick

Tim The Enchanter

Mickey Moran

Sir Bors

John Morgan

Black Knight

Matthew Kitchen

Head Minstrel/King Arthur Understudy

David Todd

Robin's Minstrel/Killer Rabbit

Elanor Dunn

Herbert's Father/King of Swamp Castle

Craig Kirby

Knights of the Round Table/Knights who say Ni / Laker Girls / Monks / Minstrels / Finland Boys / French People/

Teresa Carr, James Coldrick, Phoebe Cooper, Elanor Dunn, Hallam Dytham, Stephanie Elsey, Justine Hughes-De Freyman, Paul Halkias, Rebecca Ingram, Ruby Johnson, Gemma Keane, Matthew Kitchen, Tom Leiby, Emma Moodie, Mickey Moran, John Morgan, Claire Pulpher

Sir Not Appearing in this Show

Robert Readman


Jess Douglas, Ryan Durkan, Ben Papworth


Georgia Johnson


Clark Howard



Laurie Gunson


Matt Spalding



Anna Marshall


Katherine Medway



Katie Wood, Richard Oakman

Lighting and Projection

Adam Moore, Ian Thomson


Alex Linney

Stage Manager

Sandie Tanner-Smith

Assistant Stage Manager

Dan Stephenson


Teresa Carr, Jane Carr

Hair & Make-Up

Briony Wilson, Gabi Berrett-Kaya, Rebecca Maher


Jo Hird


Matthew Kitchen



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