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The Arches Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream Cast Announced

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Posted by David Pibworth on 03/03/2020 @ 8:00AM

The Etcetera Theatre Company (Etc) has announced its fantastic local cast for its production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Arches Theatre from 6th to the 8th August 2020 ...

Come and join us at The Arches Theatre for William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Come and join us at The Arches Theatre for William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream!

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Who is playing the King and Queen of the Fairies? Who is taking on the roles of the quartet of confused lovers? And who is playing the mischief-making Puck?

Let’s meet the cast:

  • Theseus - Stephen Johnson

  • Hippolyta - Sarah Marshall

  • Philostrate - Roger Mann

  • Egeus - Faisal Mohiuddin

  • Hermia - Charlotte Pask

  • Demetrius - Nat Gibbard

  • Lysander - Michael Hutchinson

  • Helena - Stacy Wilkinson

  • Peter Quince - Pete Swallow

  • Nick Bottom - Ben Dards

  • Francis Flute - Jordan Murphy

  • Robin Starveling - Faisal Mohiuddin

  • Tom Snout - David Pibworth

  • Snug - Howard “H” Potten

  • A mischievous sprite - John Drinkwater

  • King of the Fairies - Carl Defriend

  • Queen of the Fairies - Susan Lee Burton

  • A Fairy - Sam Bradford

What a fantastic line-up! All made up from talented local actors.

For those who have seen productions from in and around Milton Keynes over the years - perhaps a previous Etc performance, the MKTOC production The Arches last year, shows from Company MK or MKAOS - I’m sure you will recognise some of these names. You may have noticed that I too have a small role. I’m playing the part of Tom Snout, one of the mechanicals who is a rather foolish fellow!

"Director John Drinkwater will bring this classic, comic and magical play to life at our outdoor theatre this summer. This is one performance not to miss!"

To find out more about the play and to book your tickets, please visit and if you'd like the opportunity of becoming a fairy and being on our open-air stage with the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, then Etc it looking for a couple of Fairies to join the team! If you are interested, please get in touch with me and I look forward to seeing you this summer at The Arches Theatre.

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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