Chicago – Walter Stearns, Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, announced today a partnership with the Music Box Theatre to present an exclusive screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” on Sunday, September 29 at 7 p.m. in the theater’s main screening room at 3733 North Southport Ave. The event will feature appearances by the cast of Mercury Theater Chicago’s production of SPAMALOT, running through November 3.
Originally directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, “Holy Grail” remains one of the most prolific comedies of all time. The film follows a comedic send-up of the grim circumstances of the Middle Ages as told through the story of King Arthur and framed by a modern-day murder investigation. When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins, and a handful of rude Frenchmen. Tickets for the screening are $11, and are available online at musicboxtheatre.com
In 2005, the film inspired a Broadway musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, which went on to win three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. The show was originally developed and received its world-premiere in Chicago. Mercury Theater Chicago’s production marks its triumphant return to the city where improvisational comedy began.
Mercury Theater Chicago’s production of SPAMALOT runs from August 30 through November 3. The press opening is Sunday, September 8 at 7pm. The performance schedule is Wednesdays at 8pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Individual tickets range from $40-$80 and are available online at www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com, over the phone at 773.325.1700, or in person at the Mercury Theater box office at 3745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago.
About Music Box Theatre
For the last two decades, the Music Box Theatre has been the premier venue in Chicago for
independent and foreign films. It currently has the largest theater space operated full time in the city. The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD, and television markets throughout the United States.
About Mercury Theater Chicago
The beautifully renovated Mercury Theater Chicago is located in the heart of the Southport Corridor at 3745 North Southport Avenue, within a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques just steps from Wrigley Field. A delightful destination, Mercury Theater Chicago is a live-theater seating 290 people, with the adjoining Venus Cabaret Theater (seating 80). Guests are taken care of from the moment they arrive with valet service and luxe farm-to-table dining at its adjoining restaurant, Grassroots.