Menier Chocolate Factory
Booking from: Thursday, 12 July 2018
Booking until: Saturday, 8 September 2018
Thursday, 12 July 2018
Saturday, 8 September 2018
You adore musical theatre. But you also appreciate someone very clever taking the mickey out of the whole musical theatre thing. Spamilton spoofs the smash hit musical Hamilton to a tee, as well as parodying various other musicals at the same time: Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot, The Book of Mormon, Sweeney Todd, and a whole lot more.
The fun doesn't ends there. This cool show also brings a load of Broadway musical personalities into the loop. Poking fun at luminaries like Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Carol Channing and Liza Minnelli. Your venue? The small yet perfectly formed Menier Chocolate Factory.
The show is directed by Gerard Alessandrini, the wickedly funny US playwright, parodist, actor and director who made his reputation with another award-winning off-Broadway musical theatre parody called Forbidden Broadway.
Spamilton previewed in the summer of 2016 before opening at New York's Triad Theatre, where it enjoyed an extended season. It proved so popular that it quickly transferred on to the 47th Street Theatre, cheekily close to the venue where Hamilton was playing. It opened in Chicago in early 2017 then moved onwards to a national tour. Now it has gone international.
The New York Times called Spamilton "smart, silly and often convulsively funny”. The Hollywood Reporter's critic called it “so infectiously fun that it could easily run as long as its inspiration." And Variety said, "Like the original show, the pants are tight, the boots are shiny, the bosoms are uplifting and the vests show just enough chest to look manly.” You've got to love the sound of that!
26 songs are scattered around the show like jewels, and they're seriously witty: Aaron Burr, Sir, Nervous-er, His Shot, Look Around (The Schuyler Puppets), Lin-Manuel's Quest, Ticket Beggar Woman, Straight Guy's Winter's Prom and a host more ring out to the rafters, accompanied by gales of laughter from the audience. Such fun!
Who is this show for?
This is a hilarious parody of the runaway Broadway smash Hamilton. If you've seen Hamilton, you'll get most of the jokes. If you're already a big musical theatre fan you'll recognise plenty of the people and shows being parodied. But if you're new to the genre, you might find it the 'in' jokes a bit baffling. Age-wise, it's suitable for anyone aged over ten years.
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Menier Chocolate Factory
51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
- Disabled toilets
- Wheelchair/scooter access
- Capacity: 180
- Year built: 2004