Python team to reunite for stage show

Details to be revealed Thursday

All the surviving members of Monty Python are to reform for a stage show.

Exact details of the project are under wraps, as John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin will officially announce it at a press conference in London on Thursday.

But Jones told the BBC: ‘We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real

‘I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!’

The last time the five remaining members of the iconic comedy group appeared together was in 1998 at the Aspen Comedy Festival, when they spilled the ‘ashes’ of Graham Chapman over the stage.

Although members of the team have collaborated – such as on the West End show Spamalot – it has been 30 years since the last official Python outing: The Meaning Of Life.

In 2009, all but Cleese took part in Idle's musical Not The Messiah (He's A Very Naughty Boy) at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the Pythons’ 40th anniversary.

And all of the team except Idle also provide voices in the forthcoming film Absolutely Anything. Eric declined to take part saying it was ‘just passing off as a Python movie’.

Published: 19 Nov 2013

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