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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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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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