They’re not dead – just resting: The five surviving members of cult comedy group Monty Python will reunite for a brand new stage show. based on Monty Python’s flying circus . The five surviving members John Cleese, 74, Terry Gilliam, 72, Terry Jones, 71, Eric Idle, 70, and Michael Palin, 70, will appear in the show,although details have not yet been released the news will thrill fans of Monty Python, An official press conference is scheduled to take place this Thursday at the The Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End, where Python’s Spamalot, the hit musical inspired by their 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is currently running.
Rising to success in the late Sixites with their surreal sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the comedy troupe achieved comedy stardom in the Seventies with a string of movies, including Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life and went on to influence a generation of comedy writers and illustrators, The Python’s subsequently went on to successful solo careers as actors, directors and/or writers. But following the death of Graham Chapman in 1989, a full-on reunion became less likely. They did make an appearance at the Aspen Comedy Fest in 1998 and the five surviving Pythons members came together for the 30th anniversary of Flying Circus, with a brand new special, Python Night, that aired on the BBC in 1999.Though British tabloid the Sun broke the story, Eric Idle all but confirmed the reunion on Twitter
The surreal TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus was first broadcast in 1969There were 45 episodes of Python broadcast between 1969 and 1974, making stars of the young troupe, and changing the face of British comedy forever’ The Pythons went on to make films including Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975) and Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979). They last performed live together in Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl in 1982.Their final film, Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life, released the following year, was the last time the six Pythons worked together on a full-time project.Sixth Python Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989, prompting fears the group would never reunite, and since then the remaining members of the group have talked down any speculation that they might get back together.A reunion featuring an American tour was discussed in 1999, but it never went ahead, and in 2003 John Cleese appeared to rule out a reunion altogether, saying it was ‘absolutely impossible’ even to get a majority of the surviving comedians in a room together.He said Palin, who makes travel programmes, was always away, Idle was based in Los Angeles, Gilliam was busy fund-raising, and Jones was busy with a variety of occupations.The musical Spamalot, based on Python’s film Holy Grail, has filled a gap for fans of their offbeat comedy, but news of their reunion will be greeted with enthusiasm by Python fans around the world.A spokesman for the Pythons remained tight-lipped on what form the reunion would take, and whether they would perform live, in a TV special or film.