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The Arches Theatre: Change To The Performance Schedule

We're now putting on A Shot In The Dark ...

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We have been working closely with John Drinkwater, the director of the Pink Panther stage adaptation we have scheduled ...

A still from the film version of A Shot In The Dark staring Peter Sellers and Elke Sommer!

A still from the film version of A Shot In The Dark staring Peter Sellers and Elke Sommer!

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After much deliberation, we have decided that we will be changing our performance from 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again' to 'A Shot in the Dark' instead. Our motivation behind this is that we want to create a high-level performance that we are happy with, at the same time as giving our audience an unforgettable experience; for all the right reasons!

We believe that A Shot in the Dark is not only a better known Pink Panther film with a funnier script, but also an adaptation that we can better produce on the Arches stage. For us, this is an extremely positive change, and we hope you agree.

The dates remain the same - 15th to 17th August - the only thing that is changing is the production. If you have already purchased tickets to 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again' on any of the dates and would now like to cancel your tickets following this update, please contact me, but we really hope that you will still be able to join us for what will be a brilliant performance.

In addition to this news, we held the auditions for this production last week. Several people joined us for the read through - some familiar faces and some new ones. We are delighted to say that we have now filled all the main roles. We will announce these shortly.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to find out more about the Arches Theatre or any of the productions we're putting on this summer, then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...


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More 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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