Terry Jones has unofficially announced today that the surviving members of legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python are to reform for a stage show next year. An official press conference has been scheduled for this Thursday, Nov. 21 and more details are sure to be announced then.
“We’re getting together and putting on a show — it’s real,” Jones told the BBC. “I’m quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!”
This will mark the first time that all five surviving members have worked together since they appeared at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 1998, though individual members have regularly collaborated with each other over the years.
John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Jones are all hoped to perform in the upcoming stage show. Original sixth member Graham Chapman died in 1989.
The group met through university, and began to work together on a number of television shows before the first episode of their own show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, was broadcast in 1969. Along with several successful series of that show, they made several films together, including the highly controversial Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
Every member of the group has gone onto highly successful solo careers ranging from travel documentaries to film directing, and so expectations will no doubt be high for their first collaborative effort in decades. It’s not clear yet what form the show will take. In recent years, they have seen success with their stage show Monty Python’s Spamalot, written by Eric Idle and based on their own film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This new show could be another stage adaptation of their previous works, a performance of some of their iconic sketches, or something completely different. Right now, we can only wait for Thursday’s press conference to reveal more.
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