Monty Python cameo role auctions raise more than £20k for charity

Surviving members of Monty Python rehearsing for their live shows.
Surviving members of Monty Python rehearsing for their live shows. Credit: PA Images.

The Monty Python reunion shows have raised more than £20,000 for charity by auctioning off a walk-on role each night.

The comedy team made up of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin sold off cameo roles in Monty Python Live (Mostly) at the O2 Arena in London.

A model of a dead parrot at the first night performance Monty Python Live (Mostly).
A model of a dead parrot at the first night performance Monty Python Live (Mostly). Credit: PA Images

John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin have sold off places to appear alongside them in the classic "Bruces" sketch during their performances.

The news about the money raised for charity comes as it is reported the stars of the alternative comedy group will earn more than £2 million for each of the shows.

Eric Idle and John Cleese on the first day of rehearsals in London.
Eric Idle and John Cleese on the first day of rehearsals in London. Credit: PA Images

Monty Python Live (Mostly) has seen the surviving stars performing live together for the first time in 30 years.

The Mercury Phoenix Trust, Shelter, the Roundhouse, Maggie's Centres and the NSPCC were chosen to receive money from the first five nights earlier this month.

The Stammering Centre, GOSH Charity, the Dispossessed Fund and Nordoff Robbins will benefit from the second batch of shows which are taking place this week.

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