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Posted by David Pibworth on 10/05/2022 @ 8:00AM

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!

Help Us Smash Last Year’s Fundraising Total for the National Brain Appeal!

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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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If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about our fundraising for the National Brain Appeal, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help.

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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.