Former Python Terry Gilliam was guest of honour at the Hampstead Theatre last night, watching a version of himself on stage in Steve Thompson’s new play No Naughty Bits.

Directed by Edward Hall and running to 15 October 2011, the play reimagines the real-life trials of Gilliam (Sam Alexander) and Michael Palin (Harry Hadden-Paton) as they take on the American television networks and courts in defense of English humour after all the rude bits were cut out of the Monty Python series when it was first broadcast in the US.

Other big names present on press night included Emma Thompson, Christopher Biggins, Maureen Lipman, Alexei Sayle and Tim McInnerny.

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