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Former Monty Python's Stars to Hit London Operas

March 21, 2011 (7:41 am) GMT
Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, who are each preparing to launch their first operas in London, insist it is a coincidence that they are both taking on new opera ventures.

Former co-stars Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam are preparing for a stage showdown as they each launch their first operas in London. The funnymen are directing productions at rival venues in the British capital, Jones has adapted his short story "The Doctor's Tale" for the Royal Opera House, while Gilliam's "The Damnation of Faust" opens at the London Coliseum.

The stars insist it is a coincidence that they are both taking on new opera ventures, but Jones reveals he has turned to opera fan Gilliam for support, because he's completely new to the genre. He says, "We've been discussing our operas and how they are going..."

"I've only been to two operas in my life, both quite recently. One was Rossini's 'Cinderella', but it was worse than a pantomime. Then I went to 'Anna Nicole' at Covent Garden. I didn't really like the music and I found the dialog a bit daft."

"The Doctor's Tale" will premiere in April, while the curtain goes up on Gilliam's show in May.

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