Monty Python Reunites for Stage Show, Reports Ministry of Silly Walks

London show to take place July 1, 2014
By Cindy Drukier
Cindy Drukier
Cindy Drukier
Cindy Drukier is a veteran journalist, editor, and producer. She's the host of NTD's The Nation Speaks featured on EpochTV.
November 21, 2013 Updated: November 21, 2013

Monty Python is getting back together for a stage show. It’s been rumored many times over the years, but this time the five surviving members of the legendary British comedy troupe have overcome their issues and are giving their devoted fans more of what they long for, they announced on November 21. 

The show will take place in London on July 1, 2014 and tickets will go on sale on Nov. 25. They said they want to keep the ticket prices low. The top price will be under 100 pounds. 

Asked if they’ll tour elsewhere as well, “At first it will be the one and only,” replied Eric Idle, with a John Cleese name sign in front of him. 

They didn’t give too much away in terms of what will be included in the show except to say there will be some new material, there will be song and dance, and we may see a crunchy frog. John Cleese also said that with a hip and knee replacement it’s unlikely we’ll to see any silly walks. 

Of course it’s easy to be cynical about super group reunion tours, but this is different. It’s Monty Python. The Four Yorkshiremen can only get better with age, the parrot will remain an ex-parrot, and Spam Spam Spam never gets old. 

The group—John Cleese, 74, Terry Gilliam, 72, Terry Jones, 71, Eric Idle, 70, and Michael Palin, 70—officially announced their reunion on Thursday in London. Graham Chapman “selfishly” died in 1989, but they said they’ll duly honor him.

Of course it wasn’t a complete surprise, unless you believe in Spamalot (yes, yes, not strictly a Python reference). Idle and Cleese have been tweeting up a storm.

“Only three days to go till the Python Press Conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event,” wrote Idle on November 18.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketch comedy television show ran for five years, 1969 to 1974, and influenced a generation of comedians in the U.K. and built a fan base around the world.

There were also five films between 1971 and 1983: And Now For Something Completely Different in 1971, Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1975, Life of Brian in 1979, the 1982 concert film, Live at the Hollywood Bowl, and finally Meaning of Life in 1983.

 

Cindy Drukier is a veteran journalist, editor, and producer. She's the host of NTD's The Nation Speaks featured on EpochTV.