Bonnie Langford to make triumphant return to Monty Python's Spamalot
| By London Theatre Direct
After wowing the critics and public alike with her turn as The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot last year, Bonnie will return to the role from the 6th May at the Playhouse Theatre. This will follow a well-received run in Dolly Parton's touring musical, 9 to 5.
Last summer the critics simply couldn't get enough of the effervescent Langford when the show was as the Harold Pinter Theatre, so her return is seen as a real coup for the show. The Times described her as "brilliant" and "Bassey-esque", whilst Time Out dubbed her "a sensation". The Daily Mail wrote "Bonnie Langford is terrific as the diva-esque Lady of The Lake" and the Daily Express claimed she had "a voice that threatens to blow the back wall off the theatre!"
West End Extra said "her performance is best of all. She performs gymnastics with her voice and scores the best laughs", with The Stage in complete agreement: "Bonnie Langford steals this show proving what a versatile and magnetic performer she is. Whether belting out musical numbers, jazz, or full-throated gospel, her performance is exceptionally powerful."
Gay Times enthused: "The scene stealer of the show - Bonnie Langford - deserves all the whoops she gets", and the Mail On Sunday added that she "proved she's still got what it takes to wow her fans, who showed their appreciation with a standing ovation when the curtain came down"
Having made her first West End appearance at the tender age of seven, and going on to wow audiences around the globe with her enthusiasm, powerful voice and unequivocal style, Bonnie Langford is no stranger to performing.
Bonnie is currently starring as Roz in Dolly Parton's stage version of '9 to 5', performing until April 2013. Her showbiz career began aged just six when she won the talent programme, Opportunity Knocks. As a child she appeared in the television series Just William, the 1974 Broadway Revival of Gypsy (alongside Angela Langsbury) and the movie Bugsy Malone. Bonnie's adult life has seen her perform in top shows such as taking the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago and Guys & Dolls, as well as perform in her own tour, Bonnie Langford Now: And Her Musicians in 2001.
She came third place in Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice on ITV1 in 2006 and went on tour with them in 2007. She was one of the original cast members of Cats, as well as playing the lead role in Peter Pan - The Musical at the Aldwych Theatre.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot has a book by Eric Idle and a score for the new production largely created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.
The Spamalot musical tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings (cancelled due to health and safety) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot convention, including He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights of the Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation's Favourite Comedy Song (Reader's Digest Poll 2010), Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
Also added to the cast is Olivier Award nominee Steven Pacey, who has now returned to the role of King Arthur for an initial four week run during April 2013.
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