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Ripping Yarns comes to The Arches Theatre ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 17/11/2020 @ 8:00AM

Last week we said that we weren't going to divulge any detail of the productions coming to The Arches next summer. But we have booked something from Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) that we can't keep to ourselves ...

Ripping Yarns, by MKTOC is coming to The Arches Theatre in 2021!

Ripping Yarns, by MKTOC is coming to The Arches Theatre in 2021!

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MKTOC is bringing an exclusive stage production of Ripping Yarns to The Arches Theatre in 2021. For those who don't know, Ripping Yarns is a series of BAFTA award-winning comic plays written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python fame.

Created for the BBC from 1976 until 1979, Ripping Yarns is a series of parodies of the Boys' Own books and magazines of their childhood, bought to life with hilarious effect and outright silliness!

We have been given the go-ahead to put Ripping Yarns on at The Arches Theatre directly from both Michael Palin himself and Terry Jones' wife, Alison. They are really keen to make this happen, as are we.

We are delighted that local troupe MKTOC will be returning next summer and putting their stamp on this hit TV comedy.

The actors and production team who have already produced a highly successful stage adaptation of the show in July 2009, are being invited back to create even more hilarity for our audiences.

Which episodes they will be performing is still TBC:

  • Could it be Tomkinson's Schooldays, where Tomkinson's tries to escape his school where pupils are shot for disobedience and nailed to the walls for fun?

  • Could it be 'Golden Gordon', with Gordon Ottershaw the loyal fan of the worst football team in history, Barnestoneworth United? We will just have to wait and find out!

All profits to go to a dementia charity

We have agreed that all profits from the shows will go to a dementia charity (TBC), due to Terry and both of Arches owner David Pibworth's father and uncle suffering from dementia.

We are very excited to share this news with you and hope that you will be able to join us for some side-splitting comedy while supporting a charity close to our hearts.

Further details to follow soon.

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.