Monty Python will have it’s final show broadcast live to theaters around the world on July 20th via Picturehouse Entertainment and from the London O2 Arena. The broadcast will be directed by Aubrey Powell, and will reach 450 screens in the UK and approximately 1500 screens worldwide.
The Pythons stated that the broadcast of “The Last Night of Monty Python” will allow anyone to “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.” This will be the first time the legendary comedy team has performed since their performance “Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl” in 1982, hence the overwhelming demand for tickets to the O2 shows (the first of which sold out in 43 seconds).
In response to questions about the shows content John Cleese revealed that they would be presenting new content as well as some classics, but this time with a twist. “People really want to see the old hits, but we don’t want to do them in a predictable way,” he said “The main danger we have is that the audience know the scripts better than we do.”
The group was formed in 1969, and over their career they created 45 episodes of the popular TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus, as well as the films “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, “Life of Brian”, and “Meaning of Life.” While the group soon dissolved after their last film and the death of member Graham Chapman, they have since worked with each other on films and other projects the each other were producing or starring in.
“Thanks to the wonderful invention of moving pictures, ‘The Last Night of Monty Python’ is coming to a cinema near you,” stated the Pythons, “Get your knotted handkerchiefs out and warm your brains one last time.”