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Spymonkey's business is gonna get on your back Toronto....
Don't be a monkey's uncle be part of the comedic mayhem now!
Cooped takes place from March 5 to March 14 at Harbourfront Centre's
Premiere Dance Theatre as part of World Stage 2008

When you feel like going bananas about this brass monkey weather take heart that more fun than a barrel of monkeys is coming soon to Toronto for the first time this March! Spymonkey are set to wrench World Stage into a laughter business that has been getting on the backs of audiences worldwide for more than 10 years. This UK troupe performs sketch comedy with a raunchy physicality and a keen sense of timing. They were a critical and fan favourite at last year's Just for Laughs festival and attained an international profile while working in Las Vegas for two years as part of the Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity erotic cabaret. Together since 1997, the four members have toured more than 17 countries and are coming to Toronto to perform their hilarious Cooped production for the first time. All Cooped performances take place at 8 p.m. from March 5 through March 14. There will also be matinee performances on March 8 and March 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $40 and available at The Box Office at 416-973-4000 or at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage

Cooped >> A fawn-like farting heroine meets a sinister estate owner, a smarmy lawyer and an eccentric french kissing butler who converge upon an English country house, and surprise…mayhem ensues! Spoofing the pulp romance novella, this pop culture parody is rife with sight gags, naughtiness (and nudity!), slapstick, and hilarious musical numbers that bring this gothic thriller to life. Cooped overflows with brilliant characters and visual humour in the comedic style of Monty Python.

Cooped - Spymonkey (UK) at World Stage 2008
March 5 to March 14 at the Premiere Dance Theatre
(207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, 3rd Floor)
Company and production info at: www.spymonkey.co.uk
Quicktime video and high resolution photos - http://www.spymonkey.co.uk/coopedpics.html
You Tube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz1OBySRzLI&feature=related
Event info at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstagemedia

Atop a French mountain, founding members Aitor Basauri, Petra Massey and Toby Park conceive of Spymonkey in 1997 and create their first production Stiff with Cal McCrystal (who has been a writer and director on all of their productions). The production tours England in 1998 and is remounted in 2001 with newest member Stephan Kreiss to rave reviews. Cooped is also launched in 2001 with a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and tours to Canada and throughout the UK and Europe in 2002. In 2003 Spymonkey are invited to create and perform comedy numbers for Zumanity - Another Side of Cirque du Soleil, their adult cabaret in Las Vegas. Their surreal and irreverent style made them the uproarious highlight of the show. Spymonkey were featured in the Zumanity documentary Lovesick (Galafilm) which aired on CBC's Passionate Eye and won a Gemini award for Best Performing Arts program in 2007. Spymonkey has performed Cooped at a sell-out run in Calgary in 2005 and as a headliner at last year's Just for Laugh's 25th Anniversary.

Below are some review highlights:

Variety (July 22, 2007) - "Extra shows were added for Danny Bhoy, Eddie Izzard, Russell Peters and for the British comedy troupe Spymonkey, which Hills said was "a real breakout," with interest in reproducing the show in Toronto and New York as well as some film and TV buzz."

Montreal Gazette (July 13, 2007) - " Spymonkey's Cooped is part of the Just for Laughs comedy festival and judging by the audience reaction (a standing O), it could be a crowd favourite this year. It helps if you are a fan of the sitcom, early comedy acts and Pink Panther movies if you are to get the many sight gags and references, but not entirely necessary."

Click on this link - http://www.spymonkey.co.uk/vipsvegas.html - to see pictures of Duran Duran members, Bette Midler, Halle Berry, Steve Tyler, Nicholas Cage, Pam Anderson and many more celebrities posing with nearly naked Spymonkey cast members during the run of the Zumanity cabaret.

Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2008 presents a diverse collection of innovative and exciting performing arts events in one visionary series with a number of world and Canadian premieres of some of the world’s most exceptional artistic endeavours.

Additional media information, images and artist links are provided on the Harbourfront Centre website at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstagemedia.

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Linda Liontis (416-973-4381 or lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com)

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