Colin Flaherty talks to us about his role of King Arthur in our latest production of 'Spamalot, the Musical'.

“He’s an absolute buffoon – just like I am really!” laughs Colin Flaherty, who plays the hapless King Arthur in the musical Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Haymarket in Basingstoke this May. 

“I’ve never seen the show on stage, but I researched it on YouTube and just fell in love with the nonsense of it all!  You’ve got a killer rabbit, grown men galloping along on pretend horses, and of course the Black Knight who has his arms and legs chopped off before singing ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’!”

Colin is very familiar with Britain’s favourite comedy song in his real-life role as a funeral celebrant. “A surprising number of people choose it to be played at their funeral – it sort of embodies the British spirit doesn’t it?”  

What would you say to people who feel Monty Python isn’t for them? 

“Well if you like musicals you’ll love Spamalot, because it spoofs a whole range of other shows – and to be honest from the first scene you just embrace the silliness of it and enjoy each surprise as it comes along!” 

“It does remind me of being in a panto – an adult panto that is - but the trick is to play the part absolutely straight – which makes the ridiculous situations even funnier!”

Colin has been also taking sword fighting lessons and looks forward to impressing the audience with his physical prowess. “Yes it is quite a physical part for me, I’m delighted to be doing it!”

He’s full of praise for his fellow performers too. “The singing is fantastic! Everyone suits their parts so well too.  I can promise you’ll have a fantastic night at the theatre!”

Monty Python’s Spamalot runs at the Haymarket, Basingstoke from Tuesday 16-Saturday 20 May. Performances at 7.30pm plus a 2.30pm show on the Saturday.

Tickets at: or 01256 844244

Pre-audition Workshops for Spamalot have begun!

BATS' next show is the award-winning musical, Spamalot, taking place in May 2017... and with auditions taking place in January, our pre-audition workshops are now underway.

Inspired by the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a musical which hilariously sends up everything we love (or perhaps don't love?!) about the theatre, while telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Spamalot audition poster

Spamalot audition poster

There are some fantastic roles to be filled (male and female) and this is where you come in. Are you interested in auditioning?  To find out more, do come along to one of our preview workshops to meet our members and to get the opportunity to learn the audition pieces, where our Director, Musical Director and Choreographers will be there to guide you through.

We are also looking for strong male dancers, so please spread the word to help us to cast another great show!

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