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Ex-Python John Cleese goes on first UK tour, aged 71
John Cleese
Cleese says the show will feature 'well-honed anecdotes'

Former Monty Python star John Cleese is to embark on his first ever UK tour next year.

The Weston-super-Mare-born funnyman will be 71 when he kicks off the series of live shows in Cambridge in May 2011.

Called the Alimony Tour, the eight dates follow the Fawlty Towers creator's divorce settlement, which is understood to have cost him about £12m.

Cleese split from his third wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger in 2008. The divorce was settled in December of that year.

The Oscar-nominated actor said the shows will be "an evening of well-honed anecdotes, psychoanalytical tit-bits, details of recent surgical procedures, and unprovoked attacks on former colleagues, especially Michael Palin."

The tour starts in Cambridge on 3 May, visiting Birmingham, Salford, Liverpool, Oxford, Leeds, Edinburgh and finishing in Bristol.

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