The funniest show on earth is coming to spread laughter and merriment throughout the kingdom of Matunuck! Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences are eating up SPAMALOT.
Performances run from August 20th- September 7th. Tickets are available for purchase here.
About Theatre by the Sea: Theatre By The Sea, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has had many incarnations over the years. The Tyler family purchased the property in the early ’20s. After Alice Tyler was left a widow with three young children, she ran the property as a summer camp for girls. When the depression hit, she decided to create jobs and provide a future for her children by turning the barn into a theatre.
The 300-seat theatre opened on August 7, 1933 with a production called Strictly Dynamite. That initial season lasted four weeks and featured four different plays, one of which was taken to New York. In 1938, a Yale Cooperative took over. Then, on September 2, a hurricane hit. The back wall of the theatre caved in and the stage roof was blown off. During the repairs, the theater was expanded to include a balcony. The newly enlarged theatre operated through 1941 and then went dark during the war.
In 1946, the theatre’s most glamorous and star-filled period began. The theatre became what is referred to as a “star-system” house opening with a show called Dream Girl which starred Judy Holliday. Other headliners who were brought in were Tallulah Bankhead, Mae West, Groucho Marx and Marlon Brando. In 1988, FourQuest Entertainment, which consisted of Laura Harris, (who had previously worked at the theatre for 11 summers), Renny Serre and Richard Ericson, came on board. Following extensive renovations, FourQuest reopened the theater in the spring of 1989 and continued producing high quality summer theater in Matunuck until the fall of 2003. The theatre went dark once again until 2007, when entrepreneur Bill Hanney purchased the property and, with producing partners, successfully mounted a production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, just six weeks later, reopening the historic theatre on August 8, 2007. Theatre By The Sea continues to produce a successful four-musical subscription season annually.