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:
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
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
, 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.