By Mark Shenton
12 Jul 2013
The season has been created as a charity fundraiser to benefit Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, The Make A Wish Foundation, the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Scene & Heard, Stage For Age and Keats Community Library, which are supported by the actors who will be playing God.
Hugh Bonneville will play the role for the week of July 15, with Barbara WIndsor scheduled from Aug. 5 and Simon Callow from Aug. 12. Others due to play the role are Larry Lamb, Bradley Walsh and Christopher Biggins, at dates to be announced.
The role of God is currently played by Eric Idle, who co-created the show.
In a press statement, Boneville (best known for his TV role in "Downton Abbey") said, "I wanted to play God in Spamalot in order to support Scene & Heard, a North London charity, which gives local young people living in challenging circumstances the opportunity to work with arts professionals and create theatre scripted entirely by the children. I'm grateful to the producers of Spamalot for this novel way of bringing attention to Scene & Heard's inspirational work. I'm also delighted to be involved with the show because an ancestor on my mother's side was in fact one of the Knights who say Ni."
Barbara Windsor, who plays the first female God, commented, "I wanted to play God in Spamalot because having been 4ft 10.5 inches tall (four feet, ten and a half inches) all my life, this would be the first and only time people would look up to me......"
Callow commented, "I wanted to play God because it's such a challenging role for a mere mortal. Spamalot is a work of genius and God is the climax. So it was irresistible. The charity to whom I've donated my fee is the Keats Grove Library, scandalously closed by the Local Authority and re-opened by a group of local people headed by my friend, the wonderful actor Lee Montague. I used to live round the corner as a young actor and used the library all the time. Don't know what I would have done without it."
To book tickets, contact the box office on 844 871 7627 or visit www.spamalotwestend.co.uk for more details.