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Pantomime And Christmas Cheer!

He's behind you ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 22/12/2020 @ 8:00AM

We are heartbroken to hear the recent news that many more theatres in England, including our local ones, will be closing this month. For theatres to close, just as we are entering into one of their busiest periods is devastating ...

There are many options for a fun pantomime this year!

There are many options for a fun pantomime this year!

copyright: the arches theatre / david pibworth productions

Visiting the theatre in December to see a classic pantomime has been a long tradition for many. For us, being in the theatre in the run-up to Christmas with friends, family and over-excited children is such a magical experience. It doesn’t matter how old you are, the shouting out ‘Boooo’ or ‘he’s behind you’ is just good fun and adds to the seasonal joy and spirit.

Surely that is what we need right now after the year we've had? Here are a few pantos to choose from that are being streamed online, and you can support theatres around the UK at the same time:

  • Cinderella - The world's first interactive live-stream pantomime!

  • From 18th Dec


  • Jack and the Beanstalk - (with Panto dame and Blue Peter legend Peter Duncan)

  • 4 Dec 202 - 10 Jan 2021


For your online panto alternatives:

  • A Christmas Carol - The Old Vic in Camera (with Andrew Lincoln)

  • 12th Dec 2020 - 24th Dec 2020


  • Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes

  • Coming to BBC2 this December. Look out for it!

For something else really else fun to do, how about a Virtual Christmas Cocktail Party? Join some familiar faces such as Lucy Dean and Scott Coldwell (Musicals in the Park) and friends who will give you the best Christmas experience. Take a look at their website for details.

There are lots of ways to still enjoy theatre and pantos over the Christmas period. Whatever you choose just have fun and continue supporting the arts in any way you can.

What will you be watching?

Until next time ...



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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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