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And now for something completely timeless


Spamalot, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. 27 February - 3 March.

Remember the giant foot that used to crash down during the opening credits for the legendary Monty Python's Flying Circus? Well, it came originally from a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Bronzino, and now it's due on stage in Coventry at the end of this month.

This footnote is one of a series of quirky facts helping to promote the latest tour of the phenomenally successful musical Spamalot, which premiered on Broadway in 2005 and ran for more than 1500 performances until 2009, taking more than $175 million in profit..

Its curious title comes from the classic Monty Python sketch involving tinned processed meat, and the sketch is also the origin of the word used to describe that irritating and unsolicited junk that gets sent to your computer all the time.

Also in the Spamalot factfile is the occasion in Trafalgar Square in April, 2007, when more than 5500 people, led by the cast of Spamalot, became the world's largest coconut orchestra as they clip-clopped along to a rendition of the much-loved Python number 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life'.

No doubt it will be a key element in Selladoor Worldwide's new production riding into Coventry next week.

Tickets from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or from the website, www.belgrade.co.uk.

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