Monty Python have announced a one-off live show in London next year.
John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam reunited for a special press conference today (November 21) at the Corinthia Hotel in the London.
The iconic comedy group will perform live at London’s O2 Arena on July 1, 2014.
Dubbed ‘One Down, Five To Go’ – in tribute to late member Graham Chapman – the show will include a mixture of classic sketches and new material.
Tickets will go on sale on Monday, November 25 at 10am.
Carol Cleveland will also make an appearance in the show, while formerStrictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips will work with the team to help choreograph the live show.
When asked why the group have finally got back together, Eric Idle said: “We’re trying to pay for Terry Jones’s mortgage. If we left it too long, it would be too late.”
On whether it may increase to a full tour, he said: “At first it will be one and only, [but] it depends how long we live.
“We just thought if we could do it and see if we’re still funny and if we can fill [the O2].”
Idle added: “We can expect a little comedy, a lot of pathos and some cross dressing.”
Cleese stated: “There is some new material. People really do want to see the old hits, but we don’t want to do them in the exact same way.”
Graham Chapman will also be featured in some way, the group confirmed.
Terry Jones said: “We’ll miss Graham quite a lot. But he will be there on film.”
On how Monty Python will modernise some of their classic material, Idle said: “We will be twerking, or is that tweeting? I get confused.
“We have Arlene Phillips [to help us], we’ll have dancers and it will be a big show. It will be a big musical.
“There’ll be lots of Gilliam’s animated stuff. We’ll try to make it as exciting and funny as possible.”
The one-off live show will be the first official Monty Python project featuring all five members for over 30 years.