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The Arches Theatre: Cast Announcement For Ripping Yarns

Three more chapters ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 05/07/2022 @ 8:00AM

Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy is bringing its next instalment of Ripping Yarns to our outdoor theatre stage from the 1st to the 3rd of September ...

Get your tickets for Ripping Yarns while you still can!

Get your tickets for Ripping Yarns while you still can!

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See this fantastic local theatre troupe in three more chapters from the Boy's Own adventure parodies written by Michael Palin and the late Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. They have already staged 6 of the 9 episodes, so catch these last three while you can by booking your tickets at our What's On page. Here are the episode we're staging this time:

  • Whinfrey's Last Case: Set in 1913, Britain's greatest (and overworked) secret agent takes a much-needed holiday to Cornwall and uncovers a German invasion plot

  • Murder at Moorstones Manor: Hugo and Dora drive down to see Mumsie and Dadsie for a long weekend in the country. But their weekend descends into murder

  • The Curse of the Claw: A strange Burmese relic carries a terrible curse that our hero tries to lift to save his family

Directors David Pibworth and Jon Davies have cast the performance with some outstanding local actors, many of whom are familiar faces at The Arches. So, who is playing who?

Winfrey's Last Case

  • Orson Wells - Richard Duncombe

  • Gerald Winfrey - Jon Davis

  • Admiral Jefferson - David Pibworth

  • General Chapman - Alistair White

  • Lord Raglan - Jon West

  • Mrs Otway - Anne Skelly

  • Mr Girton - David Lovesy

  • Carne - TBC

  • Old Lady - Trisha Worth

  • Smooth German - Stephen Johnson

  • Mr Ferris - Carl Defriend

  • Army Captain - TBC

  • Another Eddie - TBC

  • Vinney - TBC

  • Meat Porter - Roger Mann

  • Mrs Partington Natalie Stephenson

  • Assistant Butler - Richard Duncombe

  • Butler - Mark Worth

Murder at Moorstones Manor

  • Charles Chiddingfold - Iain Wood

  • Hugo Chiddingfold - Stephen Johnson

  • Lady Chiddingfold - Jane Davis

  • Dr Farson - Dave Pibworth

  • Father - Jon Davis

  • Manners the, butler - Mark Worth

  • Dora - Charlotte Pask

  • Ruth - Jodie Commercial

  • Jehovah's Witness 1 - Sue Walmsley

  • Jehovah's Witness 2 - Trish Worth

The Curse of the Claw

  • Kevin Orr - Stephen Johnson

  • Young Kevin - William Totton

  • Uncle Jack - Jon Davis

  • Kevin's mother - Sue Walmsley

  • Kevin's father - David Pibworth

  • Captain Merson - Roger Mann

  • Grovesnor - Carl Defriend

  • Chief Petty Officer Russell - Charlotte Pask

  • Lady Agatha - Jodie Commercial

  • Young Agatha - Alexis Diston

  • Ship's stoker - Mark Worth

  • Ship's engineer - Jane Davis

  • Ship's crew/Pallbearers/Natives - Jon West, Natalie Stevenson and Alistair White

For the second year running, MKTOC and The Arches will donate all monies raised through ticket sales for these performances to the National Brain Appeal. In 2021, a grand total of £10,000 was raised by ticket sales and generous donations.

"Please help us smash this amazing total and raise valuable funds for this incredible charity!"

This charity was chosen because the brilliant Terry Jones sadly died in 2020 from frontotemporal dementia. David Pibworth (owner of The Arches) also lost his father to dementia. So, this is a charity close to all our hearts.

Get your tickets for Ripping Yarns while you still can by clicking here.

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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