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The Arches Theatre: Allo Allo Is Arriving Early!

Plenty of Dodgy accents and knockwurst ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 23/06/2020 @ 8:00AM

We are delighted to announce that Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) is bringing its stage production of 'Allo 'Allo to The Arches Theatre one month earlier than planned ...

MKTOC are bringing their production of Allo Allo to The Arches Theatre early!

MKTOC are bringing their production of Allo Allo to The Arches Theatre early!

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We will only be able to go ahead with the production if the Government relax the guidelines for this type of event and if MKTOC are still happy to perform. The safety of our staff, performers and audience members remain our absolute priority.

As the comedy troupe put it:

"By popular demand, we return to war-torn occupied France and the café of Rene Artois. All of your much-loved characters from the hit comedy TV series are included. Witness Rene attempt to juggle running a café, love affairs with numerous serving girls, supporting the French resistance and treading a dangerous path with the Germans and the Gestapo.

We promise escaped British airmen, knockwurst sausages, some dodgy accents and of course a picture of The Fallen Madonna with the big Boobies."

The new show dates are Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August. Timings are to be confirmed and tickets will go on sale soon on the MKTOC website.

Over the next few weeks, we will be meeting with the local troupe at The Arches so they can firm up their staging possibilities and plans. The performance will be tightly controlled, and the social distancing rules will obviously impact on how the stage will be set and the audience seating arranged. There is a lot to think about, but we will make it work.

Would you like to be involved in this performance? Casting opportunities are available, so please get in touch with Steve Clark at MKTOC directly. We are really looking forward to this performance as we know it will be hilariously brilliant.

You won't want to miss out on this. We can guarantee that tickets will sell out quickly, so keep an eye out on both The Arches Theatre and MKTOC's social media channels for when the box office opens.

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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