Four new dates have been announced after tickets for the first Monty Python live show for 30 years sold out within 44 seconds.

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

A spokesman for the Pythons said the July 1 event sold out in 43.5 seconds on Monday morning and tickets for four further shows had immediately gone on sale.

Tickets for the show appeared for resale on ticket listing websites within minutes for up to £3,000 each.

The concerts at the venue in Greenwich, southeast London, come more than 30 years after their last stage performance.

Speaking at last week’s news conference, they said they would include some of their most famous routines including the dead parrot sketch.

But Cleese ruled out a rerun of one of his best loved moments, the Ministry of Silly Walks, saying: “I have an artificial knee and an artificial hip so there’s no chance of that”.

Idle said fans could “expect a little comedy, a lot of pathos, some music and a tiny bit of ancient sex”.

Their last major live show was at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982.

The Pythons amassed millions of fans for their comedy series and films, which also launched their own successful solo careers.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus was made for TV between 1969 and 1974. The team went on to make films including Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975) and Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979).

source: skynews