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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Barbara Windsor, Bradley Walsh and Christopher Biggins are among the actors who will be playing God - in the West End production of Monty Python’s Spamalot.
The actors are taking part in The Summer of Spamalot Charity Gods programme, and will also be joined by Larry Lamb and Simon Callow.
Hugh Bonneville, of Downton Abbey and Twenty Twelve, is playing God in the show this week.
The actors filmed their parts to raise money for charities including Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, The Make A Wish Foundation, the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Scene & Heard, Stage For Age and Keats Community Library.
The role of God is currently played by Python legend Eric Idle, and features in Spamalot when King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table are given their quest to find The Holy Grail.
Bonneville’s performance as God kicked off the season on Monday night, and will run until Saturday.
He said: “I wanted to play God in Spamalot in order to support Scene & Heard, a north London charity, which gives local young people living in challenging circumstances the opportunity to work with arts professionals and create theatre scripted entirely by the children.
“I’m grateful to the producers of Spamalot for this novel way of bringing attention to Scene & Heard’s inspirational work. I’m also delighted to be involved with the show because an ancestor on my mother’s side was in fact one of the Knights who say Ni.”
Windsor will be at the theatre on Monday, August 5 for her first night as God and Callow will be in the audience on Monday, August 12 to mark the start of his week as God. Other Gods opening nights will be announced soon.
Former EastEnders actress Windsor said: “I wanted to play God in Spamalot because having been 4ft 10.5ins tall all my life, this would be the first and only time people would look up to me.....”.
Howard Panter, producer of Spamalot for Ambassador Theatre Group, said; “It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to bring friends of the show in to the role of God in this way, so that we can help such deserving causes while making audiences laugh at the same time.”
Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and is based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.