The Arches Theatre: Cast Announcement For Ripping Yarns

Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy is bringing its next instalment of Ripping Yarns to our outdoor theatre stage from the 1st to the 3rd of September. See this fantastic local theatre troupe in three more chapters from the Boy's Own adventure parodies written by Michael Palin and the late Terry Jones of Monty Python fame ...

They have already staged 6 of the 9 episodes, so catch these last three while you can by booking your tickets at our What's On page. Here are the episode we're staging this time:

- The Curse of the Claw': A strange Burmese relic carries a terrible curse that our hero tries to lift to save his family
- Whinfrey's last case': Set in 1913, Britain's greatest (and overworked) secret agent takes a much-needed holiday to Cornwall and uncovers a German invasion plot
- Murder at Moorstones Manor': Hugo and Dora drive down to see Mumsie and Dadsie for a long weekend in the country. But their weekend descends into murder

Directors David Pibworth and Jon Davies have cast the performance with some outstanding local actors, many of whom are familiar faces at The Arches. So, who is playing who?

The Curse of the Claw

- Kevin Orr - Stephen Johnson
- Young Kevin - William Totton
- Uncle Jack - Jon Davis
- Kevin's mother - Sue Walmsley
- Kevin's father - David Pibworth
- Captain Merson - Roger Mann
- Grovesnor - Carl Defriend
- Chief Petty Officer Russell - Charlotte Pask
- Lady Agatha - Jodie Commercial
- Young Agatha - Alexi Diston
- Ship's stoker - Mark Worth
- Ship's engineer - Jane Davis
- Ship's crew/Pallbearers/Natives - Jon West, Natalie Stevenson and Alistair White

Winfrey's Last Case

- Orson Wells - Richard Duncombe
- Gerald Winfrey - Jon Davis
- Admiral Jefferson - David Pibworth
- General Chapman - Alistair White
- Lord Raglan - Jon West
- Mrs Otway - Anne Skelly
- Mr Girton - David Lovesy
- Carne - TBC
- Old Lady - Trisha Worth
- mooth German - Stephen Johnson
- Mr Ferris - Carl Defriend
- Army Captain - TBC
- Another Eddie - TBC
- Vinney - TBC
- Meat Porter - Roger Mann
- Mrs Partington Natalie Stephenson
- Assistant Butler - Richard Duncombe
- Butler - Mark Worth

Murder at Moorstones Manor

- Charles Chiddingfold - Iain Wood
- Hugo Chiddingfold - Stephen Johnson
- Lady Chiddingfold - Jane Davis
- Dr Farson - Dave Pibworth
- Father - Jon Davis
- Manners the, butler - Mark Worth
- Dora - Charlotte Pask
- Ruth - Jodie Commercial
- Jehovah's Witness 1 - Sue Walmsley
- Jehovah's Witness 2 - Trish Worth

For the second year running, MKTOC and The Arches will donate all monies raised through ticket sales for these performances to the National Brain Appeal. In 2021, a grand total of £10,000 was raised by ticket sales and generous donations.

"Please help us smash this amazing total and raise valuable funds for this incredible charity!"

This charity was chosen because the brilliant Terry Jones sadly died in 2020 from frontotemporal dementia. David Pibworth (owner of The Arches) also lost his father to dementia. So, this is a charity close to all our hearts.

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