Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Pythons set for final show

(left to right) Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones from Monty Python at a photocall before their series of live dates at the O2 Arena.

The remaining members of Monty Python will reunite on stage tonight for the last of their farewell shows which will be screened in cinemas around the world.

The cult comedy act - John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - will perform the last show of their 10-night run at the 02 Arena in London.

A host of comedy stars including David Walliams, Mike Myers, Steve Coogan and Eddie Izzard are expected to attend the performance, which will be shown in more than 2,000 cinemas across the globe.

The Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five To Go shows have seen the surviving stars performing live together for the first time in 30 years.

Sixth Python Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989, aged 48.

Earlier this year, the remaining members of the group announced that tonight's gig would "probably be their last live performance together".

It has been reported the Python stars will rake in more than £2 million each for the shows, plus the income from cinema screenings and a TV broadcast.

They have also raised more than £20,000 for a series of charities by giving fans the chance to bid for their guest role in the classic "Bruces" sketch.

Reviews of the comeback gigs have been generally positive, with the Mirror's Mark Jefferies writing: "It's not something completely different but that's exactly why fans will love it," although the i newspaper lamented the lack of new material, calling the show "a lazy production" that relied on television footage.

The announcement last November that they would be getting back together led to a ticket frenzy that saw the first night sell out in 43.5 seconds.

Monty Python's Flying Circus was made for TV between 1969 and 1974 and generations of fans can recite lines and whole sketches. The comedy troupe also made a string of hit films including Life Of Brian,

The final performance will also be broadcast live on UK television on channel Gold.

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