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A Magical Night Of Shakespeare At The Arches Theatre

And you could even be part of it ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 28/01/2020 @ 8:00AM

We are delighted to announce our first performance at The Arches Theatre this summer. The wonderful Etcetera Theatre Company, based in Milton Keynes, will be kicking off our summer schedule with its magical adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' from 6th-8th August ...

The first production at The Arches Theatre has been announced!

The first production at The Arches Theatre has been announced!

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Director John Drinkwater and Company members have a wealth of knowledge and experience performing Shakespeare's great plays. Many have acted in and directed local productions and others have been part of the legendary Royal Shakespeare Company.

"With this excellent Shakespearean background, the
production is unmissable!"

Tickets will be available to purchase very soon. Continue to follow The Arches Theatre on Facebook, but why not follow ETC too for hot of the press production news? Find them at to see more about the team and the productions they're putting on in the near future.

Do you want to join the cast of a Midsummer's Night Dream? If anyone local is interested in auditioning for a role within the production, please get in touch with me as soon as possible. There are a few roles available and some acting experience is required - although not specifically Shakespeare.

A Midsummer's Night Dream

A read-through is planned for the evening of the 10th February at Clifton Reynes. The dates you must be free are 2nd - 8th August for rehearsals and production. Rehearsals will be at The Arches Theatre, but full details are yet to be finalised.

This is a great opportunity for any local actor or actress. Not only will you be working with an excellent Director and Theatre Company, but you'll also get to perform on our beautiful outdoor stage.

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


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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