The five surviving members of legendary comedy troupe MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS have reunited for the first time since 1989 at the Broadway premiere of musical SPAMALOT - based on their cult film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The show - which cost a staggering $11 million (GBP5.8 million) to put together - was written by Python Eric Idle.

Critics have applauded the show - which has a cast including Tim Curry, DAVID HYDE PEARCE and Hank Azaria.

And the other four pythons - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and MICHAEL PALIN - also enjoyed the performance, joining Idle and the cast on stage at the end to sing ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE, and simultaneously burying a number of rifts that have reportedly kept them apart for the last 16 years.

Cleese said, "I loved the parodies of the songs, the delight in seeing some of those songs skewered definitively - it was liberating.

"I'm a bit surprised this kind of thing can happen in George Bush's America - you know, people being very naughty, very funny and with a kind of gentle joy."

18/03/2005 14:10