Happy St George's Day...
St George's Day 2007: Trafalgar Square will host a free programme of classic film and television comedy on Monday 23 April, as part of the Mayor of London's St George's Day celebrations, which will culminate in a special screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and a 'coconut orchestra' world record attempt involving cast members of West End hit, Monty Python's SPAMALOT. The supporting programme from the BFI National Archive will also feature silent films showing London across the 20th century alongside a selection of comedy silents with a Python-esque theme. At 6.45pm, cast members from SPAMALOT will teach members of the public how to ‘clip-clop’ with two halves of a coconut, in time to the Monty Python classic 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' prior to the 'coconut orchestra' world record breaking attempt, due to take place at 7pm. The current record holder is New York, where 1,785 people took part in a similar event last year, and at least 2,000 people are expected to help set a new world record in London. The Guinness Book of Records are being invited to verify the numbers taking part - coconuts will be provided! Participants should register by 6.30pm in order to take part in the ‘coconut orchestra ‘world record attempt’. The climax of the evening will be the special screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (15 certificate) at 7.30pm. This classic example of Monty Python’s own brand of comic lunacy is a tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail.
All in TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Classic English Comedy on Screen
Monday 23 April 2007, 12:30pm-9pm
English humour is recognised and enjoyed throughout the world and what
better way to celebrate St George’s Day than with a dose of collective
laughter. See a selection of English comedy shorts compiled by the BFI
plus a special showing at 7.30pm of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (15)
on a big screen in Trafalgar Square. As Monty Python's SPAMALOT delights
audiences at the Palace Theatre, come to the Square and see the classic
film from 1974 that inspired it! Arranged in association with Monty
(Python) Pictures Ltd.
PLEASE NOTE Monty Python and the Holy Grail carries a 15 rating.
12.30pm - Classic television comedy clips representing the best
of English Humour. Selected by the BFI
1pm-2pm - 'Futtock's End' (1969) written by and starring Ronnie
Barker. With permission from Digital Classics
2pm - 5pm - Historic silent films from BFI National Archive
revealing London across the 20th century
5pm - 6.30pm - Selection of comedy clips (see 12.30 - 1) and BFI
6.45pm -7.15pm (Register by 6.30pm)
Monty Python's SPAMALOT, the London stage production inspired by
the 1974 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail will lead on an
attempt to break the world record for number of people playing
in a coconut orchestra, currently held by New York with 1785
people. Registration from 5pm onwards. Coconut Orchestra
rehearsal at 6.30pm. World Record attempt at 7pm. Be there to
guarantee your place in history. Coconuts will be provided!
7.30pm – 9pm
Screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (15) With its
byline 'Makes Ben Hur look like an epic', this tale of King
Arthur in medieval England is packed with Monty Python's unique
brand of comic lunacy. (SUITABLE FOR OVER 15s ONLY)