Monty Python’s final reunion show at the O2 Arena in London on July 20 will be “the last time we’ll be working together”, Michael Palin has confirmed.
The legendary comedy group will not go on tour and will go their separate ways after 10 London performances, he said.
Tickets for the July 20 show went on sale on Friday, April 4.
Monty Python will disband after 10 London reunion shows
The reunion, which begins on July 1st, will see John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin appear together on stage for the first time since 2009.
The only absent member will be Graham Chapman, who died in 1989 at the age of 48.
An earlier statement from Monty Python’s promoters said the July 20 show would “probably” be their last performance together.
“The Pythons had hoped to take up some of the many offers to perform at arenas all over the world, but individual commitments to other projects over the next three years has made this impossible,” it said.
“The septuagenarian Pythons are well aware of what these shows mean to their fans. The shows at the O2 promise to be a spectacular celebration of Britain’s most iconic and influential comedians.”
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Monty Python comedy group has announced their stage show has been extended from one date to five, running from July 1st to July 5th 2014 at London’s O2 Arena.
The first show sold out within 43.5 seconds, organizers announced.
The other four shows then sold out within 55 minutes. There were 14,500 tickets up for grabs for each show.
Monty Python has announced their stage show has been extended from one date to five
Eric Idle said: “It’s totally amazing. I don’t think we realised quite how much Python is loved round the world. We look forward to paying off Terry Jones’ mortgage soon.”
Last week it was announced that John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Idle were to reunite and perform together.
It will be the first time the anarchic comedians from Monty Python have performed together since 2009, at their 40th anniversary celebrations in New York.
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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”.
Eric Idle – who will direct – said the audience should expect “comedy, pathos, music and a tiny piece of ancient s**”.
The stage show will be their first new project for three decades.
Monty Python have announced their reunion will be a live, one-off show in London next July
It is more than 30 years since the Pythons last performed together at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in September 1980, and 40 years since they last performed on stage in the UK.
In a press release issued ahead of the conference, the comedy troupe promised 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, Warwick Davis announced the show would take place in London at the O2 Arena on the 1 July, 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 Eric Idle.
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The surviving members of British comedy group Monty Python are to reform for a stage show, Terry Jones, has confirmed.
The reunion is expected to be announced officially at a press conference being held in London on Thursday.
John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones are all due to appear at the event.
Eric Idle tweeted: “Only three days to go till the Python press conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event.”
The surviving members of Monty Python are to reform for a stage show in London
He added: “Python meeting this morning. Can’t wait. Press Conference Thursday will apparently be live on Sky News. I’ll get you the online URL.”
The last time the five remaining members of the iconic comedy group appeared together was in 1998 at the Aspen Comedy Festival.
The sixth member of the comedy troupe, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.
The press conference will take place at the theatre where Monty Python Spamalot is running – The Palace Theatre in London’s West End.