Producer seeks holy grail of payouts in Monty Python lawsuit
Published 01/12/2012 | 05:00
A producer of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' is suing the comedy troupe over royalties from the hit stage musical 'Spamalot'.
Producer Mark Forstater wants a bigger share of proceeds from the show, which is based on the Pythons' 1975 movie spoof of the legend of King Arthur.
Lawyers for Monty Python are contesting Mr Forstater's claim and will present their arguments later. Python members Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones will give evidence during a five-day hearing that began yesterday at London's High Court.
Mr Forstater is suing the trio and the two other surviving Python members, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam. The sixth member of the troupe, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.