First it was one, then it was five – now Monty Python are to perform in TEN lives dates, having added a further five nights to their comeback performance.
The show, Monty Python Live (mostly), will now run at the London O2 Arena on 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 July 2014 as well as on the sold-out dates earlier that month.
Tickets for the first reunion performance on 1 July were gone in a record 43.5 seconds, with all five of the original dates sold out in under an hour. The new batch will go on sale at 10am on Friday 29 November with 14,500 tickets per show available.
On announcing the extra dates, John Cleese said: “The response to our planned reunion has been very, very silly. But, we're all touched that so many fans still want to see such old people perform. So we're delighted to be adding more dates to the run at the O2.”
The live performance has been choreographed by Arlene Phillips and will also see the return of Carol Cleveland, the token female presence, alongside regular Pythons Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Graham Chapman died in 1989, hence the use of the word "mostly" after Monty Python Live.
Idle said that the show would also be filmed in order to be “flogged at some point later”, probably as a DVD or iTunes download.
The show will include old material plus some new comedy, although the Pythons have been at pains to point out that fans often want the material they know best.
Cleese said there was a lesson to be learned from the recent experience of Neil Diamond, who was booed for doing new tracks in the second half of his gig at the Royal Albert Hall.
“People do want to see the old favourites but they do not want to see them done in exactly the same way so it will be a mix up,’ he added.
Cleese said he would not be reprising his famous silly walk. “I have an artificial knee and an artificial hip so the silly walk is out” he said.