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Monty Python tickets sell out in 43 seconds

Nov. 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM ET

The members of Monty Python (Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese) with regular additional cast member Carol Cleveland at their Nov. 21 press conference.
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The members of Monty Python (Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese) with regular additional cast member Carol Cleveland at their Nov. 21 press conference.

Monty Python is still a hot ticket more than 30 years after they last performed together. Tickets for the troupe's July 1 show in London went on sale Monday and sold out in 43.5 seconds, a spokesperson for the group told The Independent

The performance was announced at a press conference Thursday to be a one-off show, but immediately after tickets sold out, four more Monty Python shows went on sale.

The new, previously unannounced shows, indicate promoters for the Pythons (John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones) anticipated the likely sell-out at London's O2 Arena. (Python member Graham Chapman died in 1989.)

Agence France-Presse (AFP) said seats for the 20,000 capacity venue were originally sold for around $150, but were already being offered on resale websites for as much as $2,600 within 15 minutes of the sale opening. 

The concerts will be the first time the comedy troupe, which is best known for its sketch show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" and movies such as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," will perform on stage in more than three decades. Their last major live show was at the Hollywood Bowl in 1980.

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