For those who are worried that five men in their 70s might struggle to bring the kind of energy befitting a sell-out show at the O2, have no fear. The Pythons have commissioned some ‘lovely dancers’ to give the show a little extra pizazz.

When Mr S asked Michael Palin how rehearsals were going, he said they haven’t started yet for fear that the old timers might ‘peak too early’. ‘But we’ve got lovely dancers and lots happening on the screen – lots of glitter and dazzle – so it won’t be just old guys trying to get into costumes we fitted into 50 years ago.’

The dancers will also be taking the audience’s attention away from the fact that the Pythons aren’t as supple as they used to be. ‘They’ll be filling in because we’ve got about 15 costume changes and I’m an old bloke, it takes me quite a long time to get into bed at night, so to do that 15 times could take a while.’

Let’s hope none of the old boys keel over. We don’t want anything dead on stage – except that parrot of course.

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