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The surviving members of comedy
group Monty Python have announced
their reunion will be a live, one-off
show in London next July.
At a press conference, Michael Palin,
Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
and Terry Jones said they wanted to
see if they "were still funny."
Idle---who will direct---said the audi-
ence should expect "comedy, pathos,
music and a tiny piece of ancient sex."
The stage show will be their first
new project for three decades. It is
more than 30 years since the Pythons
last performed together at the Holly-
wood Bowl in Los Angeles in September
1980, and 40 years since they last per-
formed on stage in the UK.
In a press release issued ahead of the
conference, the comedy troupe prom-
ised to perform "some of Monty
Python s greatest hits, with modern,
topical, Pythonesque twists."
Warwick Davis, who recently starred
in the Monty Python-inspired musical
Spamalot, introduced the "five legends"
at the London s Playhouse theatre,
claiming the venue for the reunion had
been decided after a series of bids.
Opening a series of gold envelopes,
he claimed the winner was first, Qatar,
then Meryl Streep. Finally, he
announced the show would take place
in London at the O2 Arena on July 1,
with tickets going on sale on November
25.The top price for tickets will be £95
and the lowest will be £26.50---"only
£300 cheaper than the Stones," quipped
Idle. Cleese said they would almost
certainly include popular sketches such
as The Crunchy Frog and The Dead
Parrot, but reiterated that there would
also be "some new material."
"People do really want to see the old
hits but we don t want to do them in
a predictable way," he said.
Idle said they would also include
some material that had never previously
been performed live.
He said it would be "a big show"
likening it to "a huge musical," with
input from choreographer Arlene
Phillips. He added that the event would
be released on DVD.
"It s more than just a performance---
people enjoy the experience of per-
forming with us," said Cleese.
The 74-year-old said "at first" the
gig would be "a one and only" but
refused to rule out further perform-
"The problem is getting us all togeth-
er in one room," he added, citing
Gilliam s multiple film commitments.
When they did eventually get togeth-
er, Palin said the five of them just "still
enjoy getting together to be very silly",
adding that it was easier to do "now
they are in their 70s."
"Silliness is always funny," added
"After you turn 70, you can be
absolutely shameless," echoed Gilliam.
News of the reunion leaked in the
press earlier this week, with Jones telling
the BBC he was "quite excited."
"I hope it makes us a lot of money,"
he said on Tuesday. "I hope to be able
to pay off my mortgage!"
The last time the five remaining
members of the comedy group appeared
together in public was in 2009 at their
40th anniversary celebrations in New
York. The sixth member of the comedy
troupe, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.
The press conference took place at
the home of the Monty Python-inspired
musical Spamalot---London s Playhouse
Theatre. Earlier this year, a film pro-
ducer won a High Court case against
the surviving members of Monty
Python over royalty rights to the hit
Mark Forstater, who produced the
1975 film Monty Python and the Holy
Grail, claimed he was underpaid roy-
alties since the musical s launch in
2005. He estimated he was entitled to
more than £200,000. (BBC)
Monty Python to reunite
for live show in London
The surviving members of the Monty Python comedy group, from left, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones,
Terry Gilliam and John Cleese. AP PHOTO
Members of Monty Python in their classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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