Back by popular demand, our local cast of fabulous actors return to our outdoor stage with another summer panto. This year they have penned another hilarious retelling of the classic panto Cinderella. Oh yes, they have ...
Cinderella is coming soon to the Arches Theatre. It will be one act and just over an hour long!
It's guaranteed to be a very funny, fast-paced performance, complete with family-friendly jokes, Covid safe audience participation and two ugly sisters who are sure to get plenty of boos! But who is playing who? Who will be wearing the glass slippers? Who will be adding some sparkle as the Fairy Godmother? And who will be 'glamming' themselves up for the ball?
Let's find out:
Cinderella - Charlotte Pask
The Prince - Emma Dell
Buttons - Anna Wingerath
Fairy Godmother - Juliet Ratnage
David Pibworth & David Lovesy - The Ugly Sisters
Charlotte is a FiiT instructor at Caveman Conditioning and also a fully qualified Soft Tissue therapist. She has already performed at The Arches Theatre - in 2019 she played Maria Gambrelli in Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy's (MKTOC) production of 'A Shot in the Dark', and last year she appeared as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin. This year she returns not only as Cinderella in our summer panto, but also as Hermia in ETC's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'!
An MKTOC regular, Emma joins the panto cast as the Prince. This won't be her first performance at The Arches, she starred as Michelle in MKTOC's stage adaptation of 'Allo 'Allo! in 2020. This year she'll also be taking on the part of Mrs Rockworth in 'Golden Gordon', as part of the Ripping Yarns production.
Anna is also from Olney and is a great friend of The Arches Theatre. When she isn't working at Northampton Saints Rugby Football Club, she can be found taking on hilarious roles both on and off our outdoor stage. Over the years she has appeared many times with MKTOC in performances, including Fawlty Towers and The Vicar of Dibley. At The Arches, she played Cato in MKTOC's 2019 production of 'A Shot in the Dark', and last year she took on the lead role of Aladdin in our summer panto.
If you are local, you may recognise the name Juliet Ratnage. We are very excited to say that we have the Principal of Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts joining us as the Fairy Godmother. This will be her debut at The Arches, however it's not the first time for all the family. You may have seen her husband Keith in Aladdin last year, he played Widow Twanky!
Last, but by no means least, we have David Lovesy and David Pibworth (owner of The Arches), both from MKTOC, who'll be taking on the big task of the Ugly Sisters. We think they will do an amazing job! If you came to see 'Allo 'Allo last year at The Arches, you'll recognise David L who played Rene Artois. But if you're a fan of MKTOC, you'll know him from all their great productions from Fawlty Towers and The Vicar of Dibley to Blackadder and The Complete History of Comedy series. You'll also be able to catch him on our outdoor stage in MKTOC's stage adaptation of 'Ripping Yarns' this summer from 26-28 August.
David P has taken on a range of characters at The Arches including the Genie/Abanazar in Aladdin and Colonel Von Strohm in 'Allo 'Allo. He has also played many roles with MKTOC away from our open-air stage including Jim Trott in The Vicar of Dibley. This summer David will also be playing Snout in ETC's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and roles in 'Ripping Yarns'.
"Cinderella will be one act and just over an hour long!"
We encourage everyone young and old to come along in your most sparkly and fanciest outfits; after all, we are all going to the ball! We cannot wait to see what hilarity and magic this cast have up their sleeves for us this year. If you saw last years' performance of 'Aladdin' you will know that our family-friendly panto you are in for a real treat.
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.
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