Now for Something Really Funny ... Spamalot in the West End

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Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK

KING ARTHUR is invading the Palace. Following a sensational run on Broadway, Monty Python musical Spamalot is coming to the West End.

The musical, based on the 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, will be staged at the Palace Theatre from October.

It will replace Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Woman In White, which is closing after 19 months.

Evita, the hit 1978 musical he co-wrote with Tim Rice, is also coming to the West End in June, with speculation rife that it will be staged at the Adelphi Theatre.

Spamalot, written by former Monty Python star Eric Idle and John Du Prez, last year won a prestigious Tony award for Best Musical.

Since it opened in New York last March the show has been taking $1 million a week. It is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Mike Nichols, who also won a Tony. Idle said: "We are bringing it back to the home crowd." He attributed its success in America partly to the war in Iraq. "Americans are so serious and so depressed with what President Bush has done to them that this has cheered them up.

We're saying: 'Look on the bright side!' "They're in a war and traditionally British humour is about cheering people up in war." The show depicts the legendary King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table's search for the Holy Grail.

Dancing divas, killer rabbits and a legless knight all make an appearance in Spamalot, which also features three songs from the film. …