'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' Sing-Along Anniversary Version Set for U.K. Theaters
A new musical version of the 1975 comedy classic will screen for one night only in October.
Forty years after the Knights of the Round Table revealed a diet consisting mostly of ham and jam and spam (a lot), Monty Python’s famed part-singing, part-dancing, all-silly take on the Arthurian legend is set to return to cinema screens in Britain.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which was the highest-grossing British film in U.S. cinemas in 1975 and has gone on to rank at the top end of numerous lists of the best comedies, will be re-released in U.K. cinemas later this year.
U.K.-based distributor Park Circus has teamed up with Sony Pictures to release a brand new sing-along version of the film for one night only on Oct. 14. Park Circus will also take the film internationally, while in the U.S. it will be distributed by Rainbow Releasing, although a U.S. date is yet to be confirmed.
The news comes a year after remaining Monty Python members Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones completed a series of sell-out stage shows in London, said to be their final performances together. Spamalot, Idle's Tony-winning musical adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in February celebrated the 10th anniversary of its preview on Broadway and this month had three shows at the Hollywood Bowl, starring Christian Slater and Craig Robinson.
When the new sing-a-long film finally lands in the U.S., there'll be a fair number of people who already know the lyrics. All together now:
"We're knights of the round table
We dance whenever we're able
We do routines and chorus scenes
With footwork impeccable.
We dine well here in Camelot
We eat ham and jam and spam a lot."