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The Arches Theatre: The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Part of our 2019 season ...

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I'm very pleased to announce one of our productions for the 2019 season at the Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes. It's the Pink Panther Strikes Again by the Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy ...

The Pink Panther Strikes Again appears at the Arches Theatre in 2019

The Pink Panther Strikes Again appears at the Arches Theatre in 2019

The show will be put on sometime between the 14th and 17th August as we're just finalising the dates, but it's confirmed we'll be hosting MKTOC.

"Do you remember the Pink Panther with Peter Sellers?"

He played the bumbling French detective Inspector Clouseau. Well, this is the stage version which, after much hard work, I've managed to secure the rights to.

Currently, we are pulling together the cast and crew for this show and will keep you informed, but do let me know if you're interested in attending and we will put you on our database for this and future productions.

As we are an outside venue, audience members can bring their own food and drink which, given theatre drinks, prices will save you a good deal of money. At our opening production over the summer, we had loads of families come along with their own picnics.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to stay in touch with the Arches Theatre then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and I'll add you to our database.

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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