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Monday 15 September 2014

Python shows sell out in a day

Monty Python's comeback shows have sold out in under a day

Tickets for Monty Python's five comeback shows have all sold out in a day.

The first show - on July 1 - sold out almost instantly and was soon followed by four extra shows at London's O2 which sold out within an hour.

Fans snapped up the tickets - thought to be for around 72,000 seats - in the space of just 55 minutes after phone lines opened at 10am.

Python star Eric Idle said: "It's totally amazing. I don't think we realised quite how much Python is loved round the world. We look forward to paying off Terry Jones' mortgage soon."

The veteran comedy troupe - John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric and Terry - announced they were getting back together last week.

The concerts at the venue in Greenwich, southeast London, come more than 30 years after their last stage performance.

Speaking at last week's press conference, they said they would include some of their most famous routines, including the dead parrot sketch.

But Cleese ruled out a re-run of one of his best loved moments, the Ministry of Silly Walks, saying: " I have an artificial knee and an artificial hip so there's no chance of that."

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