Monty Python confirms first live stage show since 1980

Monty Python confirms first live stage show since 1980
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 8:10am

It's confirmed: Monty Python isn't quite dead yet.

The British comedy troupe's five surviving stars will perform live at London's O2 arena on July 1 -- its first show on stage together since appearing at the Hollywood Bowl in September 1980, the group announced Thursday.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, with further details expected to be announced on the troupe's website

Member John Cleese said at a news conference Thursday that show will have some new material, but it will have many old bits -- some featured in perhaps new ways -- that fans will expect.

"I remember going to the Royal Albert Hall and seeing Neil Diamond where he got booed in the second half for singing new numbers. People really do want to see the old hits, but we don't want to do them exactly in a predictable way, so it's going to be a mix-up, I think," Cleese said.

Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and the late Graham Chapman became comedic legends with the creation of Monty Python's Flying Circus in October 1969. They produced 45 TV episodes for the BBC and five feature films together before going their separate ways in 1983.

The shows mostly consisted of a string of barely coherent sketches, often lacking conventional punch lines and loosely tied together by Gilliam's stream of consciousness animations.

Although the TV show ran for only four seasons, it proved a massive cult hit when it was shown in the United States beginning in 1974 -- just as the show was winding up on the other side of the Atlantic.

CNN's Susannah Cullinane and David Wilkinson contributed to this report.

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