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Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python in reunion shows

Scientist Stephen Hawking is teaming up with Monty Python for their reunion shows.

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John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones begin their reunion gigs tomorrow. Stephen Hawking will appear in the show, at London's O2, with Professor Brian Cox.

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He's a big Python fan so he was asked if he would.

– Eric Idle

The reunion shows are being performed at The O2 on July 1, 2 and 3.

John Cleese said the show, which includes a large cast of dancers and performers, set changes and special effects, costs around £4.5 million to stage.

Eric Idle, who has done much of the planning for the shows, said fans wanted to see the classic sketches which made their name, saying:

It would be odd to try and write better things than our best at this age.