A TROWBRIDGE musical theatre group are bringing to the stage a musical comedy lovingly crafted from an award winning film.

Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but there are many scenes not included in the screen version.

The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs.

Trowbridge Amateur Operatic Musical Theatre are in rehearsals for the story, re-telling the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and featureing a bevy of show girls, cows and killer rabbits.

It begins with a historian giving a brief overview of medieval England. An idyllic Scandinavian village appears, with gaily dressed Finnish villagers singing and dancing to the Fisch Schlapping Song. The historian returns, irritated, and tells them he said England, not Finland - so the villagers disperse, and the pastoral forest is immediately replaced by a dreary, dark village with penitent monks in hooded robes chanting Latin prayers and hitting themselves in the face with wooden boards.

The action continues as King Arthur travels the land with his servant Patsy trying to recruit Knights of the Round Table to join him in Camelot and his quest for the Holy Grail.

The show at the Arc theatre runs from November 21-25 with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from 01225 765072 or wwwtaosmusicaltheatre.co.uk