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The Arches Theatre: Dates And Cast Announced For Allo Allo!

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Posted by David Pibworth on 31/03/2020 @ 8:00AM

We're very excited to let you know that dates for the Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) stage adaptation of the BBC Classic 'Allo 'Allo! have been confirmed ...

We're looking forward to seeing MKTOC at The Arches Theatre in September!

We're looking forward to seeing MKTOC at The Arches Theatre in September!

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This hilarious local comedy troupe will be taking the stage on 12th/13th and 19th/20th September. There will be a mixture of performance times across the two weekends, including matinee and early evening shows.

As MKTOC put it, "By popular demand, we return to war-torn occupied France and the café of Rene Artois with all of your much-loved characters from the hit comedy TV series. Witness Rene attempt to juggle running a café, love affairs with numerous serving girls, and support the French resistance while 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", all in the atmospheric surroundings of the Arches outdoor theatre ..."

Those of you who have seen MKTOC in action, know that this is a show not to be missed. Tickets will be going on sale very shortly via both the MKTOC and The Arches websites. Also, they have let slip a few of the cast members so "Leesen verrry carefully, I weel say zis only wurnce...!"

  • David Lovesy will be reprising the role of Rene Artois

  • Steve Clark will once again play Officer Crabtree

  • Sean McDermott will take on Herr Flick

For more information about 'Allo 'Allo at the Arches Theatre, do check out the MKTOC website and to learn more about The Arches Theatre, visit our website by clicking here.

Until next time ...



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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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