Comedy

Monty Python cast to reunite for stage show

(Left to right) The original cast of the Monty Python troupe Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle smile as they arrive at the premiere of the documentary "Monty Python: Almost The Truth (Lawyer's Cut)" celebrating the troupe's 40th anniversary, in New York October 15, 2009.

(Left to right) The original cast of the Monty Python troupe Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle smile as they arrive at the premiere of the documentary "Monty Python: Almost The Truth (Lawyer's Cut)" celebrating the troupe's 40th anniversary, in New York October 15, 2009.  (Reuters)

LONDON — The five surviving members of comedy troupe Monty Python are reuniting for a stage show, which will be the first time they have performed together as Monty Python in 15 years.

Terry Jones told the BBC Tuesday that he will be joined by John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin.

“We’re getting together and putting on a show — it’s real,” Jones said. “I’m quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!”

Cleese tweeted: “Monty Python is set to be a flying circus all over again.”

Further details of the reunion will be announced by the Pythons at a press conference in London on Thursday, which will be shown live on Sky News.

Idle tweeted: “Only three days to go till the Python Press Conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event.

He added: “Python meeting this morning. Can’t wait. Press Conference Thursday will apparently be live on Sky News. I’ll get you the online URL.”

The press conference will take place at the Playhouse Theater in London’s West End, which is the home for “Spamalot,” Idle’s musical based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

The last time the group performed Python material on stage together was at Aspen Comedy Festival in 1998.

The sixth Python, Graham Chapman, died of cancer in 1989.

Click here for more on the reunion from Variety.