Wednesday 21 March 2018

Not completely different but silly, pledge Pythons

The surviving Pythons line up with actress Carol Cleveland.
The surviving Pythons line up with actress Carol Cleveland.

Hannah Furness

THE surviving members of Monty Python pledged to bring "silliness" back to Britain as they announced their first stage show in more than 30 years, promising political incorrectness, "golden oldie" sketches and some "ancient sex".

Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and John Cleese will appear at the O2 Arena in London next July, with a performance of new material interspersed with old favourites.

The five, all in their 70s, will be updating their greatest hits with "modern, topical and Pythonesque twists" and intend to "break through" modern fears of causing offence.

The group added that they did not believe their original television show could be commissioned now, with the culture of the BBC changed significantly.

All five Pythons appeared together on stage yesterday to announce that the reunion would take place on July 1, in London, with lavish sets, a guest appearance from Carol Cleveland, who featured in the original series, and choreography by Arlene Phillips.


The group insisted the show would be a one-off, with tickets priced between £27.50 and £95 (€33-€114), but did not rule out a tour if it was well received.

Joking that their motivation was financial – to "pay off Terry Jones's mortgage" – Idle said he had told the rest of the Pythons it could be their "last chance". Gilliam added: "There will be medical teams standing by."

Palin said: "I didn't think it was possible to be silly after 70 but actually it's easy."

Jones said he believed austerity had led people to "get too serious".

Idle, who wrote the first script for the show, said he was thrilled when the others agreed to take part after years of rumoured reunions following their last live show at the Hollywood Bowl in 1980.

They promised to stick largely to their best-loved sketches, with Idle saying the most "awful thing" to hear at a concert was a band performing a "song from the new album".

When asked what would be in the show, Idle said: "Comedy, a lot of pathos, some music and a tiny bit of ancient sex."

Irish Independent

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