Monty Python reunion to be broadcast to cinemas around the world

Michael Palin rehearses a sketch for "Monty Python Live," which will run for 10 performances at London's O2 Arena starting Tuesday.
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The highly touted Monty Python reunion show that kicks off performances this week in London will also be seen in cinemas around the world, the comedy troupe’s members announced.

“Monty Python Live” is scheduled to be broadcast from London’s O2 Arena starting July 20, with exact dates and times varying by country. Some countries will be able to see the cinematic broadcast live, while others will see recorded versions because of the time difference.

Among the Los Angeles-area venues confirmed are AMC Universal Citywalk Stadium 19, AMC Burbank 16, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 and the AMC Orange 30.

The show marks the eagerly awaited reunion of the surviving Monty Python members. The new production, which runs at the O2 for just 10 performances starting Tuesday, is expected to feature sketch comedy, dancing and live music.

Monty Python veterans Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones are all expected to appear in the new show. Former member Graham Chapman died in 1989.


At a London press conference Monday, the troupe was introduced by a video featuring Mick Jagger, who humorously described them as a bunch of “wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money.” Monty Python has also released a teaser for the new show.

Tuesday’s performance at the O2 sold out in less than a minute when tickets for the performance went on sale late last year.

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