1891 Opera House To Air Monty Python Reunion Show

FREDONIA – Members of the legendary comic troupe Monty Python recently announced their participation in a special live reunion show that runs in performance at London’s O2 Arena from July 1-20. The final performance on July 20 will be captured live in high definition and will be screened in selected theatres and performing arts centers throughout the United States – including at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House – on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. The Opera House also will screen an encore of the show on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m.

Comedy icons Monty Python perform live onstage together for the first time in more than three decades – and, they say, the last time ever. At a combined age of just 358, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin once again perform some of their greatest hits with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists. Fans hoping for Spam, lumberjacks, dead parrots and red-robed cardinals of the Spanish Inquisition will not be disappointed. But Idle says there will be the old favorites, but some new surprises as well.

Monty Python Live! (mostly) will be presented in two screenings at the Opera House, as fans around the world have the opportunity to be a part of one of the most anticipated live events of the year – the chance to say farewell to the Pythons on this last and special night.

Tickets to the live performances onstage at London’s O2 Arena sold out in minutes. These are the first live performances by the stars of Monty Python since they performed at the Hollywood Bowl in September 1980.

Monty Python first hit TV screens with “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which saw 45 episodes broadcast on BBC over four seasons between 1969 and 1974. The Pythons were an instant success and became the face of British comedy. The group achieved overwhelming international acclaim with the huge success of films including “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” in 1975, “Life of Brian” in 1979 and “The Meaning of Life” in 1983.

Tickets to Monty Python Live! (mostly) are $15 and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online any time at fredopera.org. The performance is presented, in part, with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported, nonprofit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at fredopera.org.