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Monty Python will be performing the last of their farewell sell-out shows tonight at the 02 Arena in North Greenwich. It will be broadcast live to over 2000 cinemas across the globe.

The Monty Python Live (Mostly) shows is the first time in 30 years the surviving stars have performed live together. A host of comedians which include Mike Myers, Eddie Izzard and Steve Coogan are expected to attend tonight's performance.

It's been reported that the Monty Python stars will earn around £2 million each for their 10 night run at the 02 Arena.

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No plans for a Python world tour

Monty Python have announced that their reunion concerts will not lead to a wider world tour.

The remaining members of the comedy troupe said they had "reluctantly decided" that their 20th July gig at the O2 in London this summer will "probably be their last live performance together".

A statement released by their publicist said: "The Pythons had hoped to take up some of the many offers to perform at arenas all over the world, but individual commitments to other projects over the next three years has made this impossible."

But it said the O2 shows would be "a dazzling spectacle featuring all of the favourite sketches, musicians, dancers, with set and lights by the creative team behind the London Olympic closing ceremony" and a "spectacular celebration" of their careers.

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Tickets for more Python shows to go on sale on Friday

The five surviving members of the Monty Python comedy team have announced five more shows in London next year, after the first five shows sold out within an hour.

Read: The Monty Python reunion show

  • Tuesday, July 15
  • Wednesday, July 16
  • Friday, July 18
  • Saturday, July 19
  • Sunday, July 20

The show, in the O2 Arena, will be the first time since the Hollywood Bowl in 1980 that the troupe have performed together.

Tickets for the additional shows go on sale on Friday morning.

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Report: Five more Monty Python shows next year

The Sun's showbiz editor Dan Wootton tweets the Monty Python announced five more reunion shows next year, bringing the total number of performances to 10.

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Monty Python announce five more reunion shows at the 02 Arena next July taking the total to ten after massive demand for tickets.

The Pythons sold out their first show in 43.5 seconds. Tickets for the further four shows were gone within an hour.

Python star Eric Idle said: "It's totally amazing. I don't think we realised quite how much Python is loved round the world. We look forward to paying off Terry Jones' mortgage soon."

Read: New Monty Python show sells out in 43 seconds

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

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New Monty Python show to be 'a party with the fans'

John Cleese said he is not feeling nervous about performing Monty Python at the O2 Arena next year as he expects the show to be "like a party" - a celebration of the classic sketches between the performers and fans.

He said he is excited to be reunited with his co-stars on stage, safe in the knowledge their material is "pretty funny".

Speaking to Nina Nannar, he dismissed reports the troupe were reuniting simply for the money and labelled the Daily Mail writers who made the claims "w*****s".

More: Cleese hopes touts 'don't make a killing' from tickets

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Key highlights from the Monty Python conference

The remaining members of Monty Python will perform together more than 30 years after their last stage performance.

Here are the key highlights from the conference:

  • Tickets are to go on sale on November 25 at 10am
  • The price of tickets is to range between £27.50 to £95
  • It will be held at London's O2 Arena from July 1 2014
  • The show will feature classic sketches
  • Arlene Philips is to choreograph the show as she did for The Meaning Of Life
  • They will attempt to release the show on DVD

To find out more information, visit MontyPythonLive.com.

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