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The highly anticipated reunion of Monty Python starts tonight with the first of 10 shows at London’s O2 Arena. The five surviving members will appear for their first live performances on stage since 1980.
At a combined age of nearly 361, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin took time out from rehearsals for a press conference at the London Palladium to discuss the reunion. “It’s somewhere between a theatrical show and a rock show,” said Cleese. He also joked about the challenges the group faced preparing for the reunion. “I’ve prepared for it by sleeping more,” he quipped.
Idle also commented on the large-scale production, which features choreography and music in addition to comedy sketches. “Our motto is to leave them wanting less,” he said.
The final night of the reunion will be seen in cinemas around the world on 20th July as well as broadcast on UKTV Gold and Sundance Channel internationally. The group also announced their first ever fan club and reissues of their classic albums.
Mick Jagger opened the press conference by appearing in a comedic short film to discuss the Monty Python reunion, which can be seen below.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcsVz6jo5MM]