The surviving members of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python are reuniting for a series of live stage shows at London’s O2 Arena this July. On July 20, the last show of the “final reunion, sort of” will be broadcast to cinemas around the UK, as well as the U.S., Australia, Russia and Sweden. The UK’s Picturehouse Entertainment, which has carved a niche of bringing alternative content to cinemas internationally — including last year’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode — has acquired the international distribution rights to beam the show to the world. It will run in more than 450 cinemas in the UK as well as 1,500 more internationally.
Beginning July 1, and for 10 dates, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones will perform live onstage for the first time in nearly four decades. When the reunion was first announced in November last year, it was planned as a one-off, but later expanded. The group said today, “Thanks to the wonderful invention of moving pictures, The Last Night Of Monty Python is coming to a cinema near you. Get your knotted handkerchiefs out and warm your brains one last time at any one of 450 cinemas across the UK, and 1,500 across the world. Join the crowd live from London’s O2 in a final weepy, hilarious, uproarious, outrageous, farewell to the five remaining Pythons as they head for The Old Jokes Home ….on the big screen, in HD.” UK cinema tickets go on sale from tomorrow, with international details to come.