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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 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.