The five surviving members of Monty Python will reunite for a one-off stage show on 1 July 2014 at the O2 Arena.
Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and John Cleese announced the show at a press conference at the Playhouse Theatre this morning (20 November 2013), which was hosted by Warwick Davis.
Tickets for the live show, which marks the first reunion of all five surviving members in 40 years, will go on sale on 25 November, priced between £27.50 and £90.
"We're all trying to pay for Terry Jones' mortgage," joked Michael Palin, when asked why they'd chosen to reunite for the first time in 33 years.
"We just thought it would be fun to try and see if we're still funny," added Eric Idle, who wrote the musical Spamalot that is currently running at the Playhouse. "Our intention is to just do the O2 and see if we can fill it."
Idle said to expect "music, comedy and a tiny bit of ancient sex", with Cleese adding that there would be a mixture of old and new material.
The team have ambitions to tour the show if it goes well, and Idle revealed that it would be filmed, with the team "flogging it afterwards".
Monty Python Live marks the first time the group have performed together since appearing at the Hollywood Bowl on 15 September 1980.
"We laugh more when we have dinner together than we do at any other time in our lives," said Cleese, whose solo projects include much-loved sitcom Fawlty Towers and, more recently, his Alimony Tour.
Terry Gilliam, who will create new animations for the live show, added: "We don't really like each other so it's very hard to get together but then when we do, it's rather surprising. We may not like each other but somehow we're very funny together."
Monty Python Live will be directed by Eric Idle, with choreography from Arlene Phillips. It will also feature an appearance from Carol Cleveland, the only major female performer on Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Published: 22/11/2013 09:40:47