King Arthur is to have a new Patsy in hilarious hit show Spamalot which is coming to Sunderland Empire next month.
Joe Pasquale, who has made a success of the questing monarch in the hit Monty Python-inspired musical, is to be joined for the current regional tour by his son, Joe Tracini.
Joe junior takes over the invisible reins as servant Patsy – responsible for clopping the coconut shells together in a show where horses are heard but not seen – from long-serving Todd Carty.
Due to make his debut at Liverpool Empire on May 11, Joe says, possibly tongue-in-cheek: “When I was little I had three dreams for when I grew up – to be in a musical, to work with my dad and to bang two halves of a coconut together on a nightly basis.
“Playing Patsy in Spamalot is making all of them come true as once. I’m honoured that I’m being trusted with the part, to sing the classic song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and to be joining such a brilliant company.”
Joe Tracini is 26 and was born in Great Yarmouth. He trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts but as a youngster was also a talented magician, in 2003 winning the title British Junior Magical Champion. He is a member of the Magic Circle.
To TV viewers he is best known as Dennis Savage in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks and as DK in Coming of Age on BBC Three.
Spamalot, losely based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, was created by a team including ‘Python’ member Eric Idle who was born in South Shields in 1943.
Spamalot, with its father-and-son team of Joes, will be taking up madcap residence at the Empire from May 18-23. For tickets call 0844 8713022 or book online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland