‘Monty Python’s Final Circus Gets Global Cinema Release

The 'Monty Python' gang in 1969 (l-r: Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin. Pic: BBC)

The ‘Monty Python’ gang in 1969. l-r: Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin. (Pic: BBC)

If you’ve been following the news about the reunited cast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and their forthcoming ten London concerts, while looking gloomily at the fluff in your pockets and wondering how on earth you could possibly get to see their final hurrah…we’ve good news.

On July 20, Picturehouse Entertainment—the people who put the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special into movie theaters, and those National Theatre and RSC productions too—will be broadcasting the last night of the Python gigs to 450 cinemas in the U.K, and a further 1,500 worldwide. Favored nations include: Australia, Sweden, Russia, Poland and of course, the U.S.

In a joint press statement, the five surviving Pythons—Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam—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.”

Marc Allenby, Picturehouse’s head of commercial development told the Guardian: “Picturehouse Entertainment continue to push the boundaries of live cinema broadcasts in what is set to be one of the biggest and certainly funniest events of the year.”

This follows firm confirmation from Michael Palin that these show’s really will be the last time Monty Python’s Flying Circus puts up the big top and prepares the high-wire.

He told BBC News: “I think it’s going to be filmed and go out to cinemas and all that. It will be a great show but it is the last time we’ll be working together.”

For more information, go to www.montypythonlive.com, or check local listings for July 20.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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