22 Nov 2013

Monty Python survivors promise greatest hits

5:30 pm on 22 November 2013

The surviving members of comedy group Monty Python say they will reunite for a live, one-off show in London in July next year.

Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones say they want to see if they are still funny.

The group promises to perform some of Monty Python's greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists, the BBC reports.

Idle will direct and says the audience should expect: "a little comedy, a lot of pathos, some music, and a tiny bit of ancient sex".

The stage show One Down, Five to Go will be the troupe's first new project for three decades.

The comedy group last performed together in 1980 at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Graham Chapman, who died in 1989.

According to Palin he "didn't need any persuading" and Gilliam believes the "planets were in the right position". However, Cleese admits that he needs to "fill in the large hole" in his finances.