JON Robyns (pictured) is new to the Spamalot phenomenon - and thoroughly looking forward to a festive stint in Brighton with the Monty Python-inspired show.
Audiences all around the world have been roaring with laughter since Monty Python’s Spamalot, by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005.
Now it’s the Christmas show at the Theatre Royal Brighton (December 15-January 14).
“I was a massive Python fan when I was 11 or 12 and I could probably recite the whole of Monty Python And The Holy Grail - so rehearsing is pretty easy!
“I think the Monty Pythons were just so quintessentially British. It really taps into what makes the British sense of humour funny. They defined it and they bolstered it. They made it OK to be thoroughly silly. It speaks to something deep in the British psyche.
“Monty Python And The Holy Grail always was my favourite Monty Python film, followed by The Life Of Brian. It’s the sort of thing that gets funnier the more you think about it. And funnier the more you know what is coming. That just makes it even funnier.”
Jon is playing Sir Galahad, originally played in the film by Michael Palin.
“He is exceedingly vain. He is very into his own looks. I am not quite sure what that says about me! The fact that they cast me speaks volumes, I am sure!
“But he is very passionate and very upper class and really believes in chivalry. And he has got a wonderful wig that gets tossed around!”
It’s a show full of great moments, among the favourites for Jon being the killer rabbit. That and the fact that he gets to sing one of the great songs in musical theatre, as he says - The Song That Goes Like This, “a wonderful parody of musical theatre.”
Jon’s background is in musical theatre: “I have done Les Mis in the West End. I did Avenue Q. I also did Miss Saigon and Rent.
“I always like to think that musical theatre chose me. I never intended to do it. When I was young, I sang in cathedral choirs and the national youth choir. I was always going to be a classical singer. But my singing teacher when I was 18 suggested I go for an audition for musical theatre.”
Spamalot is at the Theatre Royal Brighton until January 14. Tickets on http://www.atgtickets.com/Theatre-Royal-Brighton