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Knights and cardinals: Fans await Monty Python's return

Published on Jul 2, 2014 6:37 AM
 
British comedy troupe Monty Python, (left-right) Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones pose for a photograph at the back door to the London Palladium in central London on June 30, 2014. Fans arrived for the first night of Monty Python's reunion shows in London on Tuesday, feverish with excitement at the cult British comedy troupe's return to the stage after more than 30 years. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Fans arrived for the first night of Monty Python's reunion shows in London on Tuesday, feverish with excitement at the cult British comedy troupe's return to the stage after more than 30 years.

More than 14,000 people are expected at London's 02 stadium for the first of 10 gigs featuring surviving stars John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones.

Some fans marked the occasion by dressing up as their favourite Python characters, from the knights of the Holy Grail movie to the red cloaks of the cardinals in the Spanish inquisition sketch.

"I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to this show," enthused Dan Stead, an IT worker from the northern city of Leeds who was wearing a white knight's tunic over gold chain mail.

 
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