Sheffield-born Monty Python star Michael Palin called for a world tour as the TV show’s stars confirmed plans to reunite.
The remaining members of the 1960s comedy troupe – Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones – gathered in London to announce they will perform together at London’s O2 Arena more than 30 years after their last stage performance.
They promised the return of some of their famous routines.
However, 74-year-old Cleese ruled out a re-run of one of his best loved moments, the Ministry of Silly Walks, saying: “I have an artificial knee and artificial hip so there’s no chance of that.”
Cleese said ‘at first’ the gig would be ‘a one and only’, but did not rule out further performances.
He said 70-year-old Palin, who has gone on to become a celebrated globe-trotting TV adventurer, had ‘chickened out’ of earlier plans to reunite and needed to be convinced about the plan.
But Palin, who was born in Broomhill and attended Birkdale Preparatory School, is backing the idea now, joking: “I think we should certainly think about touring the world, because I’ve done it for years.”
The show, on Tuesday, July 1, is described as having ‘modern, typical, Pythonesque twists’.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus was made for TV between 1969 and 1974.
The team went on to make films including Monty Python And The Holy Grail and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
Sixth Python Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989 aged just 48.
The five remaining members said they would miss performing with Chapman, but that he would have a presence on-screen during the show.