Comedy troupe will now play extra dates...

The Monty Python reunion show has been extended from one date to five after tickets for the first show at London’s O2 Arena sold out in 43.5 seconds.

The legendary comedy troupe had been scheduled to play a one-off gig on July 1 in 2014 but, as the BBC reports, they will now play a series of shows running from July 1 – July 5 after the huge demand for tickets.

It was revealed last week that John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones were to reunite and perform together for the first time since their 40th anniversary celebrations in New York. Speaking at a press conference chaired by actor Warwick Davies, he troupe were asked why they are staging their reunion now, to which Eric Idle answered: “I think the answer is we’re all trying to pay for Terry Jones’ mortgage… and if we left it too long, it’d be too late.”

Idle will be directing the show. They revealed that the show will contain new material as well as some “greatest hits” and material they’ve never performed live onstage before, plus animation from Terry Gilliam. The troupe last performed live at the Hollywood Bowl in July, 1980. They last performed in London at Drury Lane Theatre in 1974. It was revealed that Graham Chapman, who died in 1989, “won’t be absent from the evening”.

BBC News previously leaked reports that the comedians would be coming together for a stage show. The 1983 film The Meaning Of Life was the final project from all six original members of the comedy team, before Graham Chapman passed away. It followed their television show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the films Monty Python And The Holy Grail in 1975, Monty Python’s Life Of Brian in 1979 and Monty Python’s Meaning Of Life in 1983.