Monty Python Live!

The surviving members of Monty Python have made it official.  The Flying Circus will soar once more in a one-off performance in London this summer.

John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle announced the reunion during a press conference held today at West London’s Playhouse Theatre.  Graham Chapman died in 1989.

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From left, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese during a press conference in London.

The July 1 show at the O2 London will feature a mixture of the comedy troupe’s “old hits in an unpredictable way” along with new material.  According to Cleese and Palin after reading the script for the show, “it suddenly feels funny again,” reports London’s Telegraph.

“We have Arlene Phillips and singers and dancers,” Eric Idle told the Telegraph.  “We’ll try and make it as exciting as possible.”

During the press conference Palin gave fans one hint regarding one of the group’s classic sketches that might be included in the show.

“I’ve always wanted to see the Spanish Inquisition going all the way through, with them sitting in comfy chairs,” Palin said.

But there’s one Monty Python routine that won’t make the gig.  Cleese said a knee and hip replacement made a return visit to the Ministry Of Silly Walks “impossible.”

The show will also be filmed for a DVD that the group “would try and flog later,” Idle said.

At £27.50 ($44.42) and £95 ($153.46), tickets are “£300 cheaper than the Rolling Stones,” Idle observed. 

The onsale begins Nov. 25.  Visit for more information.