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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 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.