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Python returns with a bang

The Argus: Carol Cleveland with Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones Carol Cleveland with Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones

The first Monty Python live show was “a wonderful, fantastic and magical” experience according to actress Carol Cleveland.

The comedian, often known as the Seventh Python, joined Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones on stage for the first of ten sell-out performances.

Miss Cleveland, 72, who lives in Shoreham, said the experience was the pinnacle of her career.

A host of well-known sketches from the surreal cult comedy were performed at the O2 Arena on Tuesday night.

They included the Lumberjack Song, with Miss Cleveland appearing alongside Palin for the performance.

She said: “It was just amazing. I looked out and all I could see what this huge sea of faces.

“There was a mixture of old fans and new and they were joining in with the sketches . You could see they were having an amazing time.

“Everything went really well and there were no behind the scenes hiccups either.

“There was a real buzz after we had finished on Tuesday night. It was so exciting.

“I'm really looking forward to doing the rest of the shows. We are really going out with a bang.”

The final night’s show on July 20 is being filmed and screened live at cinemas around the country, including the Duke of York’s in Brighton.

The cinema is screening it again on July 27 and Miss Cleveland, who also released her autobiography PomPoms Up this year, will be going along to watch and introduce it.

She said: “I was really pleased when I heard the Duke of York's was showing it again.

“Obviously I can't be in Brighton for the first screening as I’ll be on the stage but it will be great to be there the following week and watch it from the audience instead.”

Four series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, written and performed by the cast, Miss Cleveland appeared in 30 of the 45 episodes.

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3:53pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Cave Johnson says...

Shame it has had some poor reviews.
Shame it has had some poor reviews. Cave Johnson
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5:10pm Thu 3 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Shame it has had some poor reviews.
No, it hasn't

;-)
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: Shame it has had some poor reviews.[/p][/quote]No, it hasn't ;-) stevo!!
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5:12pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

"The first Monty Python live show was “a wonderful, fantastic and magical” experience according to actress Carol Cleveland."

You know, I'm pretty sure that they have performed live before- 'Live at the Hollywood Bowl' springs to mind.
"The first Monty Python live show was “a wonderful, fantastic and magical” experience according to actress Carol Cleveland." You know, I'm pretty sure that they have performed live before- 'Live at the Hollywood Bowl' springs to mind. Goldenwight
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5:19pm Thu 3 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Goldenwight wrote:
"The first Monty Python live show was “a wonderful, fantastic and magical” experience according to actress Carol Cleveland."

You know, I'm pretty sure that they have performed live before- 'Live at the Hollywood Bowl' springs to mind.
So her comment is perfectly accurate, yes?
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: "The first Monty Python live show was “a wonderful, fantastic and magical” experience according to actress Carol Cleveland." You know, I'm pretty sure that they have performed live before- 'Live at the Hollywood Bowl' springs to mind.[/p][/quote]So her comment is perfectly accurate, yes? stevo!!
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5:47pm Thu 3 Jul 14

John Steed says...

I was at the O2 last night (2nd night) with my brother and two of my daughters, we laughed all the way through, cried at the price of a pint £4.90 and sang out always look on the bright side of life with 19,996 others, my girls aged 34 & 18 are to young for the original TV series, but both enjoyed spamalot at the theatre royal in brighton, and had a non stop laugh last night. A very good night was had by us and apparently by all the rest of the audience, old they may be, but the jokes are just a funny nearly 40 years later, if you havnt seen the show, you are not in any place to comment, we got what we paid for, a unique evenings entertainment.
I was at the O2 last night (2nd night) with my brother and two of my daughters, we laughed all the way through, cried at the price of a pint £4.90 and sang out always look on the bright side of life with 19,996 others, my girls aged 34 & 18 are to young for the original TV series, but both enjoyed spamalot at the theatre royal in brighton, and had a non stop laugh last night. A very good night was had by us and apparently by all the rest of the audience, old they may be, but the jokes are just a funny nearly 40 years later, if you havnt seen the show, you are not in any place to comment, we got what we paid for, a unique evenings entertainment. John Steed
  • Score: 3
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