Monty Python to reunite after 15 years

The five surviving members of the legendary comedy troupe are planning a stage show.

The surviving members of the Monty Python troupe at the Ziegfield Theatre on 15 October 2009. From left are: John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The BBC is reporting that all of the surviving members of British comedy group Monty Python, including John Cleese and Michael Palin, are to reunite for the first time since 1998.

The group's Terry Jones told the BBC they are putting together a stage show which is expected to take place in London's West End theatre district.

Jones, Cleese and Palin are expected to join Eric Idle and animator Terry Gilliam for an official press conference in London on Thursday.

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The sixth member of the troupe, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.

Cleese has been in the limelight in South Africa in recent years with his acclaimed role in the Spud series of films based on the best-selling books by John van der Ruit.

He also performed a number of live shows around the country earlier this year and in 2012.

Monty Python itself has been a household name globally for more than four decades after the group hit television screens with Monty Python's Flying Circus in 1969.

The series was followed by a string of hit films, And Now for Something Completely Different (1971), _The Holy Grail _(1974), The Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983).

Their wicked sense of humour and controversial sketches and jokes sent them soaring to great heights in the world of comedy and popular culture.

Many of the members followed their Monty Python work with solo projects, including Cleese's Fawlty Towers and Palin's numerous travel documentaries.