The iconic members of Monty Python last night opened what they are billing as their final series of ten shows.
And to surprise the fans, cosmologist Stephen Hawking and physicist Brian Cox are starring alongside the cult comedy troupe – John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones – in the reunion gigs.
Hawking revealed himself as a big Python fan and asked to be featured in the show.
With the first show sold out in a matter of minutes, the British surreal comedy group has announced 600 extra tickets for each of 10 dates at the O2 arena in southeast London.
The show also includes archive footage of the late Graham Chapman, who lost his battle with cancer in 1989 aged just 48. The sixth python’s absence is commemorated by its title: 'One Down, Five to Go.'
However, the opening show has received mixed reviews.
Many reviewers have complained about the lack of new material and have labelled it as a slightly lazy attempt. While others have made the case that while these shows won’t attract any new fans, it’s this greatest hits sample that the true fans are looking for.
Regardless of what the critics say all ten shows are already sold out. The final show on July 20 will also be broadcast live to cinemas around the globe, with John Cleese insisting that it will really be the last.