The Australian premiere of the Monty Python stage spectacular ‘Spamelot’ in Melbourne before Christmas attracted a lot of media attention.

And why not?

The show, inspired by the cult movie, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, was the Broadway smash hit of 2005. Not only that, the Oz production got a big tick from its creator, Eric Idle, one of the original Python gang, who teamed up with John du Prez to put music to the story.

Such was its success on Broadway, a touring show was produced to traverse the United States that has played to sell-out audiences.  But what escaped the Australian press, was that Michael Siberry, who grew up in Hobart, won the starring role of King Arthur in the road show.

Better known to London audiences as a Shakespearean actor, it was a challenge for Siberry, but one he embraced with gusto.  After more than 600 performances, Siberry left the show before Xmas. He had been asked if he wanted the role in Melbourne, but declined the offer because of other commitments.

 

Margaretta Pos

But what escaped the Australian press, was that Michael Siberry, who grew up in Hobart, won the starring role of King Arthur in the road show.