The British comedy troupe Monty Python is reuniting for 10 shows at London's O2 Arena for the first time in 35 years, with the final performance shown in movie theaters in the United States where the group has a large fan base.
"Monty Python Live (mostly)" shows will run from July 1-20 with more screenings planed for July 23, 24 and Aug. 6, according to The Associated Press
"It's not five old guys on a stage doing old sketches," Monty Python member Eric Idle told the AP, adding that the $3.5 million budget shows will be a mixture of new "surprises" along with fan favorites. "I've got one or two up my sleeve that will absolutely freak people out."
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Idle said there will be plenty of the troupe's trademark humor of "rude songs and rude dancing" with an accompanying 20 singers and dancers along with video clips of past performances, special effects and Terry Gilliam's animation.
"Who wants to look at a bunch of old guys? Put some attractive young people onstage," said Idle, 71. "That's my Broadway background. It's what I learned from 'Spamalot.'"
Graham Chapman, who died of cancer in 1989, will be the only Monty Python members who won't appear but be shown in recorded material. Idle, Gilliam, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will all participate.
Monty Python had its first success in Britain with "Monty Python's Flying Circus," which aired on BBC from 1969 to 1974. The troupe achieved stardom on the big screen with movies "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" in 1975, "Life of Brian" in 1979 and "The Meaning of Life" in 1983.
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