The Arches Theatre: Casting Announced For Aladdin!
Adding some sparkle to this already magical cast ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 28/07/2020 @ 8:00AM
In a recent blog post, we introduced three out of four cast members in Aladdin, our family summer pantomime. We are delighted to now announce who we have playing the lead ...
Tickets are still available but they're selling fast!
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But, before we do, let's recap which of our local cast is playing who:
Charlotte Pask will be playing the role of the Princess
David Pibworth will play Abanazar and the Genie
Keith Lennox will take on the role of Widow Twanky, while co-producing and directing the performance!
To add some more sparkle to this already magical cast, we have the fabulous Anna Wingerath playing the role of Aladdin!
Anna lives in Olney and is a great friend of The Arches Theatre. She has worked with Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy appearing in many of their performances over the years, including Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley and The Complete History of Comedy series.
She also performed in MKTOC's production of 'A Shot in the Dark' last year at The Arches. She played the role of Kato! If you saw the show, I am sure you'll agree with me that she a top comedic actress!
Rehearsals are in full swing for our performances on 29th and 30th August. If the show is as funny as our run-throughs, then you are going to have a brilliant time with us.
"Tickets are available, but they are selling fast!"
We have two performances each day at 1pm and 4pm. We invite you to bring a picnic and enjoy it in the parkland from one hour before the show. Get a fun afternoon for all the family booked into your diary and have something to look forward to this summer holiday.
Get your tickets by clicking here while you still can.
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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