Pythons to reunite on stageBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The surviving members of Monty Python's Flying Circus are to reunite on stage.

Terry Jones, one of the iconic group of comedians, 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!
His announcement ended speculation following tweets by fellow Python Eric Idle yesterday and today in which he said:


and


It is understood that John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam will join Jones and Idle for the press conference, which is expected to be held at The Playhouse Theatre in London, where the hit stage show Spamalot is playing.

The sixth member of the comedy group, Graham Chapman, died of cancer in October 1989.

The five surviving Pythons last appeared together at the 1998 Aspen Comedy Festival.

The comedy group started life as a BBC television sketch show that ran for four series between 1969 and 1974, spawning five films as well as various books and albums, and proved to be a massive influence on comedy.

UPDATE - FRIDAY 22nd NOVEMBER: The show will take place at the O2 Arena in London on Tuesday 1st July 2014, and will see the team performing some of their best-known sketches "with modern and topical Pythonesque twists", as well as new material. Tickets go on sale on Monday 25th November from 10am, with prices starting at £27.50 and going up to £95 (plus fees). More details are available via this link. The performance will be filmed and released commercially.




Hitchhiker's stage show cancelled mid-tourBookmark and Share

Saturday, 26 October 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Poor ticket sales have led to the sudden cancellation of the touring production of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live!

It was pulled ahead of a performance due to be held at The Hawth in Crawley last Monday, with ticket-holders being told to contact venues for refunds. The show was due to continue touring until the end of November.

A notice on the production's website reads:
The Radio Theatre Company deeply regret to announce the immediate cancellation of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show 2013 Tour. Tonight's performance at The Hawth, Crawley, and tomorrow's at the Watford Colosseum will not take place, nor will any of the remaining scheduled shows in October and November. Ticket-holders are being contacted and should contact venues for refunds.

Although a well-loved show, Hitchhiker's Live has been subject to the same extreme economic pressures as many productions touring the UK this autumn. Ticket sales across the board have been lower than average and we have not escaped this trend. A difficult financial environment for such a large and technical show means that covering operating costs has become impossible. As a result, in the last 24 hours we have had no option but make the extremely hard and painful decision to stop the tour.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and share the extreme disappointment and frustration felt by many who were looking forward to seeing the show. we sincerely hope that it can be brought back in the future.
Simon Jones, who had been reprising the role of Arthur Dent, posted the following joint statement with director Dirk Maggs on his Facebook page:
With infinite regret, despite happy audiences and 5-star reviews, we have been forced to curtail this tour ahead of schedule due to economic adversity. Having worked so hard to put on a show worthy of Douglas Adams and his devoted fans, we are utterly devastated.

It has been a pleasure to be a part of a company, band and crew who have become a close-knit family. We know people hoping to see the show will be as horribly disappointed as we are, and offer our heartfelt apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.
The show first toured last year, reuniting many of the original radio and TV cast members and with guest performers such as Neil Gaiman providing the voice of The Book.




Another 33 Performances For Hitchhiker's TourBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Another 33 performances have been added to the upcoming tour of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live!

They will be staged at 28 venues in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, with the details as follows (NB: Not all venues have the show on their website yet or have a dedicated link for the show) :
Earlier this month, 16 performances were also added to the tour, which starts at The Hackney Empire in London on Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September.

The show has been adapted from the Douglas Adams novels by Dirk Maggs, who is also the director.





More Dates For Hitchhiker's TourBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
More dates have been added to this year's tour of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live!

Sixteen performances at 12 venues across England and Scotland have been announced, taking place between September and November.


As reported earlier this month
, the production will be at The Hackney Empire in London on Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September.

The show has been adapted from the Douglas Adams novels by Dirk Maggs, who is also the director.




Hitchhiker's Radio Show To Hit The Road AgainBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 5 February 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live! will be taking to the stage again.

The production, which toured round England, Scotland and Wales last June and July, will be at The Hackney Empire in London on Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September, with more dates and venues to be announced in due course.

Simon Jones will once again play Arthur Dent, joined by other cast members from the radio and TV shows plus special guests as the voice of The Book.

It has been adapted from the Douglas Adams novels by Dirk Maggs, who is also the director.







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