WITH damp and depressing weather outside, the world was suddenly turned a shade brighter when the madcap crazies from Monty Python’s Spamalot cast charged into Aylesbury.

The musical “lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was side-splittingly hilarious from start to finish.

The audience was transported back in time to hear the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Along the way they were treated to quick-fire quips, quirky sketches, and some catchy songs with laugh-out-loud punchlines.

Yes, with the rain lashing down outside, what better than the chorus of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side of Life’ to get you smiling – and the audience, in true Brit style, waved their arms in the air as they sang... “when you feeling in the dumps, Don’t be silly chumps, just purse your lips and whistle - that’s the thing.”

Steven Pacey (Spooks, Pie in the Sky and Lovejoy) who stars as Arthur, King of the Britons, played the part with panache – with a giant ego and surprisingly good singing voice to boot.

He was ably supported by former EastEnder Todd Carty, who was just incredible. It came as a surprise that his character Patsy didn’t say much during the show, compared to the other performers, but what he lacked in voice, he made up in sheer facial expression. The thousand yard stare and silly, odd comments were just genius.

Bonnie Langford as The Lady of the Lake was also outstanding. One had never really thought of her as a comedy actress but she had a magnificent on-stage presence and comic timing, not to mention a voice that could belt out the tunes. Her duet with Sir Galahad for ‘The Song That Goes Like This’ was one of the highlights.

However it almost feels unfair to single out the stars in Spamalot as the entire cast gave a first-class performance.

The only criticism was the length of the show – it went far too quickly. But, as they say, time flies when you’re having fun.

The show runs until Friday, April 13 at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Call 0844 871 7627 for tickets.