One of my happiest memories is going, around Christmas, with two young children and their family to a production of Panto. At the theatre we were surrounded by hordes of giddy British children and their parents, all of them keenly throwing themslves into a saucy performance spectacle that demanded almost as much from the audience as the actors. The stories were old tales made new, and the costumes were over the top.
If all this sounds a bit like a review of the Monty Python musical and Broadway hit Spamalot that has just arrived in London from New York, that is, according to the Telegraph critic, exactly right.
We've written a bit about Monty Python in Comedy to Love. No matter how difficult life can sometimes feel, no matter how many problems Brits face, their zest for fun boosts the flagging spirit.