Monty Python Live (mostly)
O2 Arena, London
Reviews of the earlier shows had been mixed, with the song and dance routines coming in for particular criticism. True, they did, perhaps, outstay their welcome and each routine took away stage time from the Pythons themselves, but within the context of an arena event they were largely excusable.
Elsewhere, the material was a fairly predictable set of ''greatest hits'' with the Pythons clearly enjoying the experience just as much as the rest of us. A detailed critical analysis would definitely reveal a significant number of flaws, but I found the best method was to simply sit back and enjoy the entertainment - warts and all.
Here's a few (mostly self-explanatory) photos from the memorable evening.
|''The Four Yorkshiremen'' - originally from 1967's At Last the 1948 Show|
|Showbizzy Eric Idle as Noel Coward|
|Song and dance! Mostly highlighting body parts and bodily functions|
|The late Graham Chapman made the occasional appearance on the big screens|
|Michael Palin and John Cleese performed various classic two-handers|
|''I wanted to be...''|
|The Bruces - including Eddie Izzard|
|Terry Jones, clearly reading a cue card. John Cleese took it off him!|
|No Python show is complete without some ''old women''|
|Flower arranging - Gumby style (Terry Gilliam!)|
|Two judges relax after a hard day's work|
|Tonight's celebrity blackmail victim - Mike Myers|
|''I wish to register a complaint!''|
|Long-time female Python performer Carol Cleveland|