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Michael Palin play The Weekend turns into an opera

Michael Palin's 1994 West End play, The Weekend, is to be adapted into a comic opera with a jazz-inflected score by Highbury Opera Theatre this Autumn.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 14th September 2021

Morecambe and Wise 'bored stiff' by Monty Python

In a newly discovered 1973 interview with a student TV station in Norwich, Eric Morecambe said the ensemble delivered "university comedy... and I'm afraid that a lot of it is very unprofessional". Ernie Wise revealed he did "like Monty Python", but felt their shows often contained "five or six minutes of utter boredom". Monty Python member Sir Michael Palin said he was "a little hurt", but "intrigued" having seen the footage.

Zoe Applegate & Paul Hayes, BBC, 27th August 2021

Michael Palin's Memory Palaces review

Many of these tales might be familiar to fans, but it's good to hear them told, most engagingly, from the Python's mouth. So don't expect great insights into the working of Gilliam's eccentric mind, but an array of entertaining anecdotes that unfold with a little more space that they would get on the usual chat-show circuit.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 7th July 2021

No Such Thing As A Fish to stream 20-hour long show

QI researchers are to air a mammoth 20-hour version of their hit podcast No Such Thing As A Fish for Comic Relief.

Chortle, 3rd March 2021

How Monty Python's dead parrot went live in Coventry

The dead parrot went live 50 years ago on Sunday when Monty Python made the leap from TV to public performance.

BBC, 31st January 2021

The night Monty Python held their first ever live show

In 1971 the comedy troupe were looking to take the unique style of humour to the stage, and the Belgrade Theatre provided the perfect stage.

Danny Thompson, Coventry Telegraph, 30th January 2021

Michael Palin to publish fourth diary collection

Michael Palin is working on a fourth volume of his best-selling diaries, covering 1999 - 2010, as well as a book about his great-uncle, who fought and died during the First World War.

British Comedy Guide, 8th January 2021

Review: Staged

Back in mid-December when the launch date for the second series of Staged was announced I jokingly tweeted: "So clever of BBC to schedule it to coincide with new lockdown". Little did I know how accurate that tweet would be.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 5th January 2021

Staged Series 2 review

David Tennant and Michael Sheen return laden with celebrity cameos.

Barbara Speed, i Newspaper, 4th January 2021

Staged review: Palin cameo lifted backslapping comedy

The novelty of staying at home baking sourdough has definitely worn off, but the novelty of two esteemed actors sending themselves up just about holds.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 4th January 2021

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