Musical theatre group, The Zodiac, based in Runcorn, had a funny Twitter interaction with the writer of their upcoming show Spamalot; Eric Idle, of Monty Python fame.
After a tweet from a member of the society asking Eric Idle to support the musical theatre group by retweeting the society's promotional poster, Idle responded by saying, “Of course if you’d put my name on the poster like you’re supposed to I’d even wish you well. And John Du Prez” - who co-wrote the music for Spamalot with Idle.
The official Zodiac Twitter account (TheZodiac1) responded with updated promo showing Idle’s and Du Prez’s names and gave a sincere apology to the Monty Python comic, with an assurance that they do "strive to do everything by the book," and that no offence was intended.
Idle, known for his comedic wit, drew on his own writing from the show to respond saying, "You are totally forgiven. Now we shall longer say Nì to you or fart in your general direction" - a reference to the Knights who say Ni, and the flatulent French from Spamalot.
The Zodiac then replied with further jokes related to the musical, "Phew. Thank you very much Mr Idle... We did have a shrubbery at the ready to offer you. You are just and fair." - another reference to a request from the Knights who say Ni.
The online conversation was praised by some Twitter users who followed the interaction, with @DatFuzzyBearMan saying “No ill-will, but put my damn name somewhere. Ha ha. And the immediate changes and response. Love this all round. Wish you all well.”
The Zodiac’s Chairman, Jude Kenyon said, “This shows the power of social media and how far our theatre group @TheZodiac1 has reached.”
Spamalot, a huge success at the West End and on Broadway, is based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It is a parody of the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, who embark on a quest to find the Holy Grail; a task given to them by the Lady of the Lake. As with all Monty Python’s creations, it is filled with hilarious jokes, but it is also has an award winning musical score and includes audience participation.
The Zodiac will be performing Spamalot at The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn 26th-30th March. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the website www.thebrindley.org, or ringing the box office 0151 907 8360.