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Subject: Monty Python stage return earns mixed reviews

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/14 at 8:34 am

The surviving members of comedy act Monty Python have received mixed reviews after the first of their live comeback shows at London's O2 Arena.

The Express called the reunion of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam "comedy history in the making", giving it five stars.

The Independent gave the "desperately lazy production" two stars.

Monty Python Live (Mostly) featured classic sketches such as the Four Yorkshiremen and the Lumberjack Song

The show, the first of 10 performances at the venue, which holds 20,000 people, ended with a singalong of Always Look On the Bright Side of Life.

"Not a great deal of effort has gone into updating the script," wrote The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw in his three-star critique, adding the jokes "have dated".

But having declared himself a fan he added, "you'd have to have a heart of stone not to enjoy hearing them again just a bit."

"If Abba re-formed, nobody would expect them to avoid Dancing Queen in favour of new compositions and songs that didn't pass muster at the time."

Other famous sketches in the reunion show that received rapturous approval from the audience - which included Chancellor George Osborne - included the fish-slapping sketch.

Some of the biggest cheers of the night came when archive footage of Graham Chapman, who died in 1989, was played.

Chapman died of cancer aged 48.

Giving the show four stars, The Telegraph's comedy critic Dominic Cavendish branded it "more golden than olden".

"John Cleese was hoarse, Terry Jones relied on cue-cards and at times they looked lost amid the spectacular," he wrote.

"Yet you don't need to be a die-hard fan to take the view that none of that really mattered. The Pythons came, they doddered, but they conquered."

Subject: Re: Monty Python stage return earns mixed reviews

Written By: Bobby on 08/01/14 at 4:32 pm

I'm not entirely sure what the reviewer expected. If the Monty Python lads did new sketches and skits you would have the traditionalists going nuts. People pay money to see them do the old recognisable stuff not perform new material.

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