In the shadow of Python

sword and the dopeGoodman and Charles Productions’ The Sword and the Dope enters a crowded marketplace. Improbable as it may seem, the (loosely) historical, satirical, musical extravaganza has become theatrical dynamite, largely thanks to that West End juggernaut forever associated with wartime luncheon meat.

To creator and director Michael Horspool’s credit, this latest take on King Arthur, his knights and their eponymous curved table is packed with knowing winks to its predecessors, from Blackadder and Horrible Histories to pantomime, Carry On and variety, with a special place of adoring fandom reserved for Monty Python. Whether or not you can accept that this production is more raucous cover version than blindingly original comedy will dictate your enjoyment of it.

Read my full Bargain Theatreland review here

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