Monty Python Reunion Update: Stage Show Coming to London's O2 Arena in July 2014
Today, Deadline reports further details of the highly anticipated reunion. At a press conference, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones shared that the show, billed as a "final reunion. Sort of," will be televised on July 1, 2014 in order that a larger audience may have the opportunity to see the legendary comedy troupe come together on stage at London's 02 Arena.
Tickets are set to Go On sale on November 25th. Idle, who will direct the production, joked that it was important the troupe got together soon because "If we left it too long, it would be too late." The stage show will be a one-time only performance, however the comics did not leave the possibility of a tour out of the question.
The show will feature a combination of old and new material although Cleese commented, "People really want to see the old hits, but we don't want to do them in a predictable way." The press conference was streamed live via several outlets and was aired on the UK's Sky News. The special press conference was held appropriately at the Playhouse Theater in London's West End, the venue where Idle's musical "Spamalot," based on the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," was staged. The original 2005 Broadway production of Spamolot, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical of the2004-2005 season and received 14 Tony Award nominations. During its initial run of over 1,500 performances it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million.
Monty Python created Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, spawning touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books and a stage musical as well as launching the members to individual stardom. The group's influence on comedy has been compared to The Beatles' influence on music.
Monty Python To Reunite For Live Stage Show At London's 02 Arena In 2014