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Enjoy Three Servings Of Porridge In March With MKTOC

One of the greatest British sitcoms of all time ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 14/12/2021 @ 8:00AM

Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy returns to the Carlton House Club, Olney in March 2022 with three servings of the comedy classic, Porridge. Join the hilarious local cast from 24th to 26th March 2022 and take a trip inside H.M. Prison Slade to meet Norman Stanley Fletcher, Lennie Godber and the rest of the lags ...

Porridge, starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, is widely considered to be one of the greatest British sitcoms of all time!

Porridge, starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, is widely considered to be one of the greatest British sitcoms of all time!

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Enjoy three different episodes:

  • 'Heartbreak Hotel': Fletcher tries to support Godber who has just received a 'Dear John' breakup letter from his fiancé Denise, but his words of encouragement for Godber to move on have unforeseen consequences as Godber's roving eye is attracted to Fletcher's daughter, Ingrid.

  • 'Poetic Justice': Fletcher is incensed to discover that he is getting a new cell-mate. To make matters worse, it turns out that the cell-mate is the judge that sentenced him.

  • 'Rough Justice': After the judge's watch is stolen, everyone is convinced that another inmate, Harris, is the culprit, and so a kangaroo court is set up in an effort to convict him of the crime.

Porridge, starring Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale and a host of other great actors, is widely considered to be one of the greatest British sitcoms of all time. Broadcast from 1974 to 1977. Adapted from the original TV series by David Pibworth. By arrangement with the original writers, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

Tickets cost £15 per person and £13 for concessions. Find out more about the performance and purchase your tickets at the Milton Keynes Theatre Of Comedy website.

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH

 
 



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About David Pibworth ...

 

David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!



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