Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Python shows sell out in a day

The remaining members of Monty Python announced they were getting back together last week

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, Idle and Jones - 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".

Idle said fans could " expect a little comedy, a lot of pathos, some music and a tiny bit of ancient sex".

Their last major live show was at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982.

The Pythons amassed millions of fans for their groundbreaking, anarchic comedy series and films, which also launched their own successful solo careers.

Monty Python's Flying Circus was made for TV between 1969 and 1974 and generations of fans can recite lines and whole sketches. The team went on to make films including Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975) and Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979).

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

They said they would miss performing with Chapman but he would have a presence on-screen during the show.

Idle said: "We've told him we're going on and if there is a God, he'll be turning up."

The event will be filmed and "we will try and flog it later", he added.