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26th to 28th August 2021 at the Arches, Clifton Reynes, Milton Keynes.

Back in 2009 MKTOC brought you an exclusive stage production of a number of tales from Ripping Yarns – the Boy’s Own adventure stories parodies by Michael Palin and Terry Jones  (Originally BBC TV 1977). You can read more about the Ripping Yarns series here on Wikipedia.

In Summer 2021 (Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th August), we’ll be staging 3 more of these daft stories in the  atmospheric, open air setting of the Arches theatre.

‘Tomkinson’s Schooldays’: New boy Tomkinson struggles to adjust to the horrors of boarding school and dreams of escape back to his family…

‘Golden Gordon’: Barnstoneworth United FC’s greatest fan, Gordon Ottershaw comes to the rescue of the failing club in a crucial match against Denley Moor FC…

‘Escape from Stalag Luft 112B’: Major Phipps, celebrated WWI escaper, attempts to break out of the infamous German POW camp…

This production, by kind permission of Michael Palin and the late Terry Jones’ wife, Alison, will be donating all profits to the National Brain Appeal – a dementia charity.

We are holding online read throughs to inform casting decisions w/c 19th April – please contact us to register an interest and join in!

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Show Dates, Times and Ticket Prices

Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th August at the Arches, Clifton Reynes, near Olney,  Milton Keynes MK46 5DT
Thursday 26th August at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (£13 concessions)
Friday 27th August at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (£13 concessions)
Saturday 28th August at 2.00pm. Tickets £15 (£13 concessions)
Saturday 28th August at 6.00pm. Tickets £15 (£13 concessions)

Concessions for Senior citizens, under 16s and those in full time education

Tickets available direct from the Arches Box Office


We’ll be bringing together members of our previous Ripping Yarns cast and other MKTOC regulars but there will also be new opportunities…

Please contact us to express an interest.

Production Team

Directors – Dave Pibworth (Golden Gordon), Keith Lennox (Escape from Stalag Luft 112B) and Steve Clark (Tomkinson’s Schooldays)
Production manager – Steve Clark
Sound – TBC
Marketing & Publicity – David Lovesy
Lighting Design – TBC
Stage Management – David Howard, Jade Johnson, Mac
Props – Pam Buckle, David Howard, Emily Thomas
Set – TBC
Make up and hair – Emma Dell (One Salon)
Costumes – MKTOC and TBC