Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) returns to The Arches Theatre this September. The brilliant local cast will stage three more chapters of Ripping Yarns, the Boy’s Own adventure parodies by Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python fame ...
Help Us Smash Last Year’s Fundraising Total for the National Brain Appeal!
For the second year running, MKTOC and The Arches will be donating all profits from 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.
Join us from 1st – 3rd September for hilarious outdoor performances of:
'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': Hugo and Dora drive down to see Mumsie and Dadsie-pie for a long weekend in the country. But their top-hole weekend turns out to be longer than they thought.
MKTOC have already staged 6 of the 9 episodes (3 indoors in 2009 and 3 more at the Arches Theatre in Summer 2021). If you have seen their previous performances, then you know you will not want to miss out on this. We have been given kind permission by Michael Palin and Alison, the wife of the late Terry Jones both of Monty Python fame.
"We're will announce our cast in due course, but you will see some very familiar faces!"
The performances will be directed by David Pibworth and Jon Davies. Tickets are available here, so get yours now before they all go and join us this summer to enjoy some fantastic comedy theatre at our outdoor theatre whilst raising money for an extremely worthy charity.
We look forward to seeing you in a few months.
Until next time ...
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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 Ã‚Â£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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