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The almost-definitive beam to Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Long-time Python co-operator John Du Prez conducts an orchestral proposition – a
miscellany that includes Sit on My Face, we Like Chinese, Finland, Spam, Every
Sperm is Sacred and Always Look on a Bright Side of Life. Three large
screens, embedded in a image music-hall theatre finish with red curtains,
flutter into life. We’re shortly examination a new animation of Graham Chapman’s
conduct being booted opposite space, by that also hurtles a police-box, a
real-life reflection to that (“The Retardis”) “materialises” on theatre and
we’re off.

1) The Pythons arrive to mass violence (the screens peep a words
“photo opportunity!”) in normal Spanish costumes, Idle and Jones
temperament guitars. They launch into a Llamas sketch. Information about the
llama follows, conveyed in gibbering Spanish, with English surtitles
(“Llamas are incomparable than frogs…”). The “Liberty Bell” theme-tune afterwards kicks
in, a famous Flying Circus opening credits roll; 15,000 people applause along,
go furious etc.

2) A set trundles on, temperament The Four Yorkshiremen, a intro freshly
tweaked: “Who’d have suspicion 40 years ago we’d all be sitting here doing
Monty Python?” Idle, Palin, Cleese and Jones smoke on cigars and uncover a old

3) The Penis Song – Idle in silk dressing-gown as Noël Coward, while
Gilliam in pale drag, accompanies him on a piano: “Isn’t it awfully
good to have a penis? Isn’t it frightfully good to have a dong?” The air
starts to spin blue.

4) A segue into a Naval Medley, that serve sings a praises of
vaginas and bottoms. The initial steer of a 20-strong chorus-line, giving it
a lot of raunchy importance and bold gesticulation pleasantness of choreographer
Arlene Phillips, who worked with a Pythons on The Meaning of Life. Cleese
appears, grouping a company, to “camp it up”, so a dancers change into a
firmly drilled chronicle of a “camp square-bashing routine”.

5) After a video replay of “Batley Townswomens’ Guild presents the
Battle of Pearl Harbor”, and a warn sighting of Vladimir Putin’s face
opposite a navel of Michelangelo’s David, we’re into “The Last Supper”; John
Cleese plays a Pope and Eric Idle Michelangelo, contending with his
Holiness’s complaints about a inexhaustible series of disciples (28) he has
depicted, as good as a 3 Christs.

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6) Every Sperm is Sacred, a scandalous Catholic-baiting descant from The
Meaning of Life, rousingly chorused here not by children, as in a film,
though by a high-kicking adult dance unit – kitted out as nuns and priests.
Two foam-spurting, phallic cannons are wheeled on by approach of suacy garnish.

7) Mr and Mrs Blackitt (Palin and Jones) plead a disproportion between
Protestant and Catholic passionate intercourse. Some footage of a Silly

8) Vocational superintendence solicitor sketch. Palin’s franchised accountant
tells Cleese’ solicitor he wants to turn a lion-tamer. When it’s pointed
out to him what a lion indeed is, a skit shifts into…

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9) The Lumberjack Song. Palin twinkles divided in his red-and-black check
shirt, surrounded by thigh-slapping Mounties.

10) After footage of a Philosophers’ Football Match, it’s time for
Aussie-based audience-participation with a Bruces’ Song in regard of

11) Crunchy Frog. Terry Jones, hunched during a table as a renter of
Whizzo Chocolate, gets a revisit from a cops (Cleese and a easily vomiting
Gilliam) on comment of a unusual and unconditionally unappetising source of his

12) The Man Who Speaks in Anagrams. Idle does so, delightfully.

13) we Like Chinese, a iffy stereotyping series reinvented on a big
low-pitched scale for a 21st century, led by Idle. “I like Chinese. They copy
all they sees… But they’re adult on a moon soon, they’ll do as they


Act Two

1) A dead-pan, cod-balletic opening of “Spam Lake” morphs into a
lithe, choreographed bacchanal to a bare-faced, rousing impertinence of “Sit on My

2) The Death of Mary Queen of Scots. Cleese and Jones in drag as
Pepperpots unemployment in a living-room listening to a radio enactment, childishly
hideous and near-wordless, of Mary’s death. Their radio-set explodes, then,
after a brief contention about a penguin sitting on tip of a TV set, so
does that too.

3) Gumby Flower-arranging. Gilliam, sporting a curled handkerchief on
his conduct and a foolish countenance on his face, is in on excellent dunderheaded
form, clumsily stuffing flowers upside down into a vase in a blueprint first
seen on TV behind in 1970.

4) Poofy Judges. Gossiping Idle and Palin get their robes and wigs off
to exhibit (not a unequivocally flattering sight) a tights, suspenders and brassieres

5) Albatross. The strange pressed albatross has been brought out of
storage to capacitate Cleese, got adult as an icecream-tray-carrying usherette, to
rail during Jones’s non-plussed customer. “It’s a bloody sea-bird… it’s not any
bloody flavour!”

6) Nudge Nudge. Greeted with a bark of approval on a opening
night, Idle matches his excellence days as he gets behind into winking,
insinuating, spivvy character, with Jones personification a nonplussed pub-goer he

7) Blackmail, a travesty TV uncover in that reluctant participants are
forced to partial with income to forestall compromising secrets being spilled has
been souped up, not slightest with a introduction of a warn celebrity
cameo (suffering a violation of carrying his conduct in a paper-bag on the
initial night was Stephen Fry).

8) Anne Elk. Cleese dons horrifying wig, eyeglasses and dress to play a
primly deranged, lady with a speculation “which is mine” about brontosauruses,
procrastinating with revolting, catarrh-riddled bouts of coughing. An
irritated Idle quizzes.

9) The Spanish Inquisition. Holds good here, with Palin as Cardinal
Ximinez of Spain, accompanied by Biggles and Fang (Jones and Gilliam). Carol
Cleveland, who has popped adult via a dusk in several guises, plays
a confounded house-dweller who’s told to confess. The final arms of
woe is “the fridge”.

10) … that opens to exhibit Eric Idle, all dapper, and crooning the
evermore touching Galaxy Song. Mesmerising visuals give approach to a video skit
in that Prof Brian Cox pedantically dissects a lyrics, usually to be
flattened on a weed of King’s College Cambridge by a speeding
wheel-chair of Stephen Hawking.

11) The Silly Walk Song. Bowler-hatted dancers carrying brief-cases
indulge in some organized mayhem to a preachy new series about a evils of

12) Argument Sketch. Still holding good, notwithstanding a clear exhaustion
of Cleese during this theatre in a evening; his corpsing and chemistry with
Palin is a delight. Gilliam swings by on high, dangling on wires, singing
“I’ve Got Two Legs”, usually to be shot down by Cleese – a former’s fake
stomach disgorging entrails.

13) The Spam blueprint – Jones squawks divided distinctively as the
greasy-spoon waitress whose menu is roughly exclusively spam-based.

14) As if from nowhere, Cleese appears with a difference “I wish to
register a complaint” (cue assembly whoops) and a caff is messy and
reconfigured as a pet-shop. We’ve arrived during a high-point of a evening,
one that doubles a pleasure with a remarkable snake into a Cheese Shop
sketch; Palin receptively matches his reflection in timing, importance and
spreading delight.

15) A rather “so-what?” sacrilegious-sexy culmination number, Christmas in
Heaven, allows a garb to misbehave around in fake-breasts, feign snow
a-falling, though it’s unequivocally only a means of heralding a loyal climax, served
adult as a encore.

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16) Always Look on a Bright Side of Life, an arena-sized anthemic
sing-along that warms your cockles and moistens your eyes as we bid a old
timers adieu.

Monty Python Live (mostly) runs to Jul 20. montypythonlive.com

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