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Fans come out in force for Monty Python return

By Robert Dex

Thousands of Monty Python fans descended on London's O2 last night for the cult comedy act's stage reunion.

The remaining members - John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - delighted thousands of fans when they announced their comeback concerts last year.

Among the fans, many of them in fancy dress as characters from sketches and films, was John Cooper from Leeds who said it was a dream come true.

The 24-year old said: "I've had to watch them online and on DVD so I never expected to get this chance.

"When you think they changed British comedy forever it's amazing to come and see them live."

The show, which features an extended cast of dancers, a full orchestra and special effects, includes numerous set changes and special effects and costs around £4.5 million to stage.

Monty Python's Flying Circus was made for TV between 1969 and 1974 and generations of fans can recite lines and whole sketches.

Sixth Python Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989, aged 48, and nine years later the five remaining members shared a stage at the Aspen Comedy Festival in the US.

The last ever gig - on July 20 - will be broadcast live in thousands of cinemas around the world.

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