Monty Python’s last live reunion show will be broadcast simultaneously to 450 UK cinemas and 1,500 around the rest of the world.
In July there will be a ten night run of the reunion of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin playing at London’s O2. Broadcast on July 20th will be the last night of Monty Python.
Picturehouse Entertainment, the company that has secured the rights to this has also broadcast things in the past like: the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode and specials by the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Monty Python last performed together in 1980 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl with the late Graham Chapman. They have not performed in the UK in over 40 years since the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
When they first announced this new show, tickets sold out within a minute. More dates needed to be added, resulting in the now 10-night run.
In an official statement they said: “Thanks to the wonderful invention of moving pictures, The Last Night of Monty Python is coming to a cinema near you. Get your knotted handkerchiefs out and warm your brains one last time at any one of 450 cinemas across the UK, and 1,500 across the world. 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.”
There was speculation that there would be shows outside of the UK after the ten-night run at the O2 was finished, but they have squashed those rumors telling the BBC, “It will be a great show, but it is the last time we’ll be working together.”