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A Recap On The Arches Theatre Experience

Our 2019 season is opening soon ...

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With The Arches Theatre 2019 season opening in just over six weeks' time, I thought I'd just give you a recap on who we are, what we have planned and what to expect ...

With the Arches Theatre 2019 season opening soon, I thought I'd give you a recap on what to expect!

With the Arches Theatre 2019 season opening soon, I thought I'd give you a recap on what to expect!

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We are The Arches Theatre, Buckinghamshire's newest and quirkiest outdoor theatre venue. Based in Clifton Reynes, near Olney, our unique open-air venue is situated under a disused railway bridge, complete with four arches, which are used to stage all our summer productions.

We wanted to bring this wonderful, different, and perhaps novel experience to the rolling Buckinghamshire countryside, where our audience won't have to pay through the nose for it!

We are hugely proud and very excited to bring you a full programme of great live theatre performed by professional and semi-professional artists, this year!

August 2018 saw our premiere and sell-out performance of 'As you like it' staged by the professional theatre company, 'The Wet Mariners'. It received very positive feedback from our audience, and we're delighted to say that 'The Wet Mariners' are returning this summer with their fantastic performance of 'Romeo and Juliet.' Tickets are already selling very fast for the productions on 10th August, with the evening show already sold out and the 3pm matinee not far behind.

From 15 - 17th August at 8pm, local comedy theatre troupe 'Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) at The Arches will be joining us to perform their hilarious adaptation of 'The Pink Panther - A Shot in the Dark. With a mix of professional and semi-professional actors, plus local individuals starring in their first acting role - this is set to be one of the funniest performances you will see this year.

We also have Milton Keynes based theatre company 'Etcetera' with its production of 'The Taming of the Shrew', from 22 - 24th August at 7.30pm. The show will be directed by Steve Bridgden and will be based in the 1930s. Expect a modern, lively comedy telling the story about love!

"All tickets are £15 per person and can be purchased through The Arches Theatre website!"

To add to what will be an unforgettable experience (for all the right reasons!) we invite you to bring your own picnic and enjoy it in the parkland that surrounds the venue while listening to some great live music. It's situated right next to the River Great Ouse, so you can imagine it is very peaceful and picturesque down here.

We will have a bar selling only draught beer, from the Concrete Cow brewery) and soft drinks. This is a cash-only bar, and please do feel free to bring along your own alcohol.

And don't forget to bring a chair with you! This is paramount, otherwise, you won't have anywhere to sit to enjoy the show! If you get to the venue early, you can bag yourself a great spot as soon as you arrive, by positioning your chairs around the stage before enjoying your picnic. Although don't worry if you aren't heading down early, you should get a great view from wherever you are seated.

Come rain or shine, the show will go on. For suggestions on what we think you should bring with you, please take a look at our last blog post called 'Come Prepared'.

If you want to know more about the shows, sponsorship opportunities or the theatre itself, then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or visit the Arches Theatre website and don't forget to come and meet us at our stand at the Olney River Fest on Sunday 7th July!

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.