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I'm Treading The Boards Again

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Posted by David Pibworth on 03/12/2019 @ 8:00AM

So this week I start to tread the boards again, playing the role of Melchett in Blackadder's Christmas Carol at the Chrysalis Theatre in Milton Keynes ...

I'm treading the boards again in Blackadder's Christmas Carol at the Chrysalis Theatre!

I'm treading the boards again in Blackadder's Christmas Carol at the Chrysalis Theatre!

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It starts this Wednesday and ends on Saturday with two shows. It's the Elizabethan version of Meltchett I play who, as we all know from the TV series, is a slimy untrustworthy type. The show, as suggested by the title, takes Blackadder back and forth in time so the costume changes are a bit frantic behind scenes.

Find details of the shows by clicking here, and you can book tickets online

So what's on the comedy front next year? There's a full-on comedy night on the day after Valentine day at the Carlton House Club in Olney. Details are to be confirmed, but it'll be sketches similar to our sell-out show there earlier in the year. I've also confirmed the legendary Richard Digance to appear on 14th May.

Allo Allo will be performed at our own Arches Theatre in or around August 2020 and we're still undecided on the venue for Porridge as it's a little more complicated to put on.

So plenty happening and I shall update you as and when more detail is confirmed.

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 £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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