Monty Python Member: Troupe to Reunite for Stage Show
LONDON – The five remaining members of British comedy group Monty Python are reuniting for a stage show, the BBC quoted one of them as saying on Tuesday amid buzz about a planned Thursday announcement from the troupe.
The BBC said that Monty Python member Terry Jones revealed that he, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin were preparing to announce a stage show.
"We're getting together and putting on a show," the BBC quoted him as saying. "It's real." He provided no further details.
For example, Jones didn't say how long the show would run or whether it would tour. He also didn't say whether the group would be performing old or new material, or both. Some observers have suggested the Pythons could perform live with the potential for a film or TV show to follow.
"I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money," Jones quipped, according to the BBC report. "I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage."
Buzz had been building in London all morning after an invite to a Thursday press conference at The Playhouse Theatre, where Monty Python's Spamalot has been running.
Earlier this year, a film producer won a legal case against the surviving members of Monty Python over royalty rights to the hit stage show.
The sixth Python, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.
Released in 1983, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life was the final full-time collaboration of all six original Python members.
Rumors of a reunion have regularly surfaced in the past.
The remaining members in 2005 attended the world premiere of the musical Spamalot, based on Holy Grail. In 2009, they attended a 40th anniversary event in New York. The troupe also performed Python material at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 1998.