Professor Brian Cox to play God in Manchester

Professor Brian Cox to play God in ManchesterFollowing the public vote Professor Brian Cox is voted Manchester’s Celebrity Spamalot God when the UK Tour opens from 15 – 24 January 2015 at the Manchester Opera House.


He may be best known for exploring the Wonders of the Solar System (in a dark and very extensive forest universe), but now renowned TV presenter and physicist, Professor Brian Cox, is set to look down on audiences from the heavens as he appears as God in Monty Python’s Spamalot during the tour’s run at The Opera House in Manchester.


Professor Cox beat fierce competition from Brian May, Eric Idle, Hugh Bonneville, Michael Ball and Michael Palin to appear in 2D on screen during each performance of Spamalot from 15th – 24th January.


“It is a reasonable no brainer,” says Professor Cox. “If Eric Idle says to you ‘do you want to be God in Spamalot?’ then I’d be surprised if anybody had ever said no.”


The role of God features in Spamalot when King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table are given their quest to find The Holy Grail.


Professor Cox is appearing as God in Spamalot in aid of his chosen charity, The University of Manchester Student Access Program. It is a programme which supports entry to the University through the completion of a portfolio of work that demonstrates specific knowledge and skills.


As well as Professor Brian Cox appearing as God, actor and comedian Joe Pasquale is returning to the role of King Arthur and actor Todd Carty returns as King Arthur’s faithful manservant Patsy from Thursday 15th January 2015, after playing the roles in the West End production.


Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a crazy kind-of new musical by Eric Idle. It has an entirely new score for the new production, (well, almost) created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.


Spamalot 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 - before it went bust), Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.


The new UK tour, which was previously on at The Playhouse in London’s West End and is directed by Christopher Luscombe, follows Eric Idle’s acclaimed performance of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side of Life’ at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony – the world sang along, and Spamalot audiences get the opportunity to do so too! During the West End run, there were been 21 onstage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), one outbreak of nits and 92 pairs of coconuts used. 


Performance Schedule:

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm. Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Running time: 2 hours – this one doesn’t drag on!

THE OPERA HOUSE, 3 Quay Street, Manchester M3 3HP


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