John Cleese adapts A Fish Called Wanda for the stage

TelegraphA Fish Called Wanda

Cleese waived all royalty rights to Monty Python and the Holy Grail when he was approached by Eric Idle about Spamalot, the splashy song-and-dance adaption of King Aurthur's quest, allegedly because he thought it would be a flop.

But the 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards including the Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2004-2005 season and received 14 nominations.

With his third divorce on the horizon, along with a heavy alimony (two houses, half his earnings and a maintenance of nearly £1 million a year) Cleese is looking for a new nest egg. A Fish Called Wanda: The Musical could be it.

His daughter Camilla is co-writing the script with him, but they will probably hire a lyricist for the musical numbers. Says Cleese, Camilla is "much funnier and quicker than I am, so I limp along after her."

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