Dubbed “The Last Night of Monty Python,” the show will be the last of the legendary comedy troupe’s 10-night reunion run, “Monty Python Live (Mostly).” In a statement, the Pythons wrote, “Join the crowd live from London’s O2 in a final weepy, hilarious, uproarious, outrageous, farewell to the five remaining Pythons as they head for The Old Jokes Home.” The broadcast will be directed by Aubrey Powell and will reportedly reach over 450 theaters in the U.K. and approximately 1,500 worldwide.
The aforementioned five remaining Pythons — John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin — announced a single reunion show last November, but added four more after tickets reportedly sold out in 43.5 seconds.
During a press conference, Cleese said the group would present some new material, but also promised the Pythons would resurrect classic sketches like the Dead Parrot and Crunchy Frog, but with a few added twists. “People really want to see the old hits, but we don’t want to do them in a predictable way,” he said. “The main danger we have is that the audience know the scripts better than we do.”
Monty Python’s last live performance together was in 1980 at the Hollywood Bowl, and it’s been almost 40 years since the group took the stage in the U.K. The group’s sixth member, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.