Monty Python will be staging a live reunion show at London’s O2 Arena on July 1, 2014.
Tickets will go on sale at 10am on November 25 and prices will range from £27.50 to £95. In a press conference chaired by actor Warwick Davis which took place at London’s Palace Theatre earlier today (November 21), the 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.” When asked if there will be more than one show, Idle stated: “At first it’ll be the one and only… We just thought it would be fun to do one and see if we’re still funny… I think you can expect a little comedy, a lot of pathos and a tiny bit of ancient sex.”
Eric 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”.
Earlier this week BBC News 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.