The surviving members of Monty Python are getting back together. This will be the first live performance from the Monty Python team in 30 years. This comes after Eric Idle dismissed the idea of secret talks as being “silly talk” in February. He regularly joked that a reunion would happen if all members were together and that included one member who had died.
The surviving members are Mr. Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. The last time the team worked together officially was in 1998 in Aspen Colorado while they were at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. However, it was 1983 when all founding members of the team were together for The Meaning of Life. Graham Chapman died in 1989 of cancer.
Since 1998, the group have been together for events but not live performances. They were seen in 2005 in New York when Spamalot was performed for the first time on the stage. This stage show continues to be shown around the world and is a favorite for many. It is the Python stage version of King Arthur’s story with his Knights of the Round Table. The main change from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the end song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, which was originally used in the comedy ensemble’s Life of Brian movie.
Some of the group were together for Mr. Chapman’s animated documentary last year. The only member of the six who was missing was Eric Idle. Even Graham Chapman’s voice was used for the documentary.
The current confirmation comes from the BBC, who received it from Terry Jones. This was after a series of tweets over the days before the confirmation from one of the Monty Python team, Eric Idle, hinting towards the first live performance in 30 years. An officially announcement will be made on Thursday, likely broadcast by Sky News in the UK.
The team got together for the first time ever in 1969 with the release of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which aired for 45 episodes over the space of four years. That series led to a number of movies, including The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. The Life of Brian was a satire piece about the life of Jesus Christ and was banned in 40 countries around the world, gaining a cult following.
There have been rumors of reunions in the past. That included a tour in the USA in 1999 and a Holy Grail sequel. Nothing ever came about from those rumors and this is the first time it seems set to really happen. There is no confirmation yet about what the performance will be or when it will be.
Mr. Jones has stated that he’s excited about the first life performance in 30 years of the whole Monty Python team. It is definitely exciting for fans of the comedy group; many will be now on the edge of their seats waiting for the full information about the dates and just what this live performance is going to be.
By Alexandria Ingham