New Monty Python show sells out in 43 seconds

The remaining members of Monty Python have announced four more shows after their reunion at London's O2 sold out in less than a minute.

Fans snapped up the tickets - thought to be for around 72,000 seats - in the space of just 55 minutes after phone lines opened this morning.

The veteran comedy troupe - John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - announced they were getting back together last week.

A spokesman for the Pythons said the July 1 event sold out in 43.5 seconds this morning and tickets for four further shows had immediately gone on sale.

The concerts at the venue in Greenwich, southeast London, come more than 30 years after their last stage performance. Speaking at last week's press conference, they said they would include some of their most famous routines including the dead parrot sketch.

But 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 an artificial hip so there's no chance of that".