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Faces & names: Pythons say reunion will end with last show

Members of British comedy team Monty Python (from left) Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones pose for a photograph Monday during a media event in London. (Paul Hackett / Reuters)

The dead parrot routine, the Spanish Inquisition and the silly walk will all be performed on stage this week for what the five remaining members of the Monty Python comedy team, all in their 70s, said on Monday will probably be their last reunion.

“Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down, Five to Go” opens at London’s cavernous O2 arena today for 10 performances with the last one on July 20 to be broadcast worldwide.

In addition to famous Python skits, it will be a fully staged theatrical extravaganza with dancers and an orchestra. It also will feature a filmed appearance by Python Graham Chapman, who died in 1989, and a cameo for British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the Pythons said at a news conference.

The surviving members of the comedy team, which became an international sensation in the 1960s with their quirky comedy program “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” said they did not expect to perform together again on stage  — and that is why they are broadcasting the last show.

The five remaining members are John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam.