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The Pink Panther: It's Audition Time!

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The Pink Panther films have always been a favourite of mine especially the farcical and bumbling nature of Clouseau ...

The Pink Panther is coming to the Arches Theatre this summer. Want to be part of the show?

The Pink Panther is coming to the Arches Theatre this summer. Want to be part of the show?

Mix that in with the murderous madness of Dreyfus and the element of surprise from Cato, and it just encapsulates my sort of comedy so wonderfully. The films are a massive hit with all ages and continue to stand the test of time.

"And this is why I want to bring it to
The Arches Theatre this year!"

I'm pleased to announce that local man John Drinkwater will be directing the production. He has a wealth of experience behind him, both on the stage and behind the scenes so I know this is going to be a great success.

The main characters have already been cast. Jon Davis is playing the clumsy Jacques Clouseau and you are in for a real treat here as it will be like watching Peter Sellers himself on our stage.

Cato will be played by the fantastic and acrobatic Anna Wingrath. We're not going to say much more about this part, but all you need to know is that it will be a real spectacle that you will not want to miss!

Ever since I saw 'A Shot in the Dark', when Chief Inspector Dreyfus was first introduced, I had a real liking for him. Watching him become increasingly insane as the films went on from working alongside the French inspector, was a real joy! And with all that in mind, I'm thrilled to say that I will be playing the role of Dreyfus.

As you know the Pink Panther involves more than just three characters, so we are now looking for more actors to join our production. Are you interested?

We will have a relaxed read through in Clifton Reynes on Tuesday 30th April at 7.30pm. If you are interested in reading for a role, please contact me directly, and I will forward a script to you.

We are an amiable bunch, if I do say so myself, so do come along as it will be fun and very informal. We'll most certainly throw in some tea and biscuits!

"The performance dates are 15 – 17 August!"

If you choose not to audition, why not come and see the finished production?! Tickets are on sale now! Please see our website for full details which you can find at

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.