Monty Python's final 'goodbye' show will be broadcast in 100 countries
The first of ten reunion shows opens tonight at London's O2 Arena
Monty Python's final performance in three weeks' time will be broadcast live in more than 100 countries around the globe.
The five surviving members of the iconic comedy troupe will stage a run of 10 shows at London’s O2 Arena with the first Monty Python Live (Mostly) gig opening tonight.
Fans can expect dancers, a full orchestra and a cross between theatre and a rock concert, after the Pythons dropped hints at a press conference yesterday.
"It is a world event and that’s really quite exciting," said Eric Idle.
"It means we're actually going to say goodbye publicly on one show. Nobody ever has the chance to do that, the Beatles didn't get a last good night."
Monty Python, bar Graham Chapman who died in 1989, have admitted that they are reuniting due to financial incentives, but also for their widespread fanbase.
Glory days: Monty Python in the Seventies (Rex)
John Cleese confirmed that "the one on the 20th really is the last show and I think we all feel very content with that".
There will be no new material and plenty of classic, reimagined sketches, but surprise guests have been lined-up including Stephen Hawking and Professor Brian Cox.
Sir Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones teamed-up to film a promotional clip ahead of the hyped reunion of "a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money".
David Walliams is also on board to conduct red carpet interviews on the final night of the tour in a Last Night of the Proms style.
Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Astrological signs are almost all wrong, as movement of moon and sun throws out zodiac
- 2 Dad eats daughter's weed brownies, thinks he's had a stroke
- 3 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Jeremy Clarkson to host BBC's Have I Got News For You despite Top Gear exit
James Bond Spectre trailer drops on YouTube
Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III's birthday at his reburial
Kay Burley 'bias' against Ed Miliband prompts 130 complaints to Ofcom
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'