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A Weekend Of Sell Out Shows At The Arches Theatre

Even the weather couldn't stop us ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 01/09/2020 @ 8:00AM

Storm Francis certainly didn't dampen our spirits last week, when he decided to give us torrential rain and high winds. Nothing stops us at The Arches Theatre, so we continued with a weekend of sell out shows ...

He's behind you! We've had a fabulous season at The Arches Theatre, but it's not quite over yet!

He's behind you! We've had a fabulous season at The Arches Theatre, but it's not quite over yet!

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We had the incredible Alistair Brammer with us on Thursday, who played to a crowd of 200+ hardy fans who travelled through the rain to enjoy this one night only concert! One lady had travelled all the way from Norwich to be with us, as she was so desperate to see a live musical theatre production again.

"We were very lucky with the weather as just before Alistair was due on stage, the sun came out and we even got a rainbow!"

It was a fantastic concert, with a range of songs from Chess, Les Mis and Miss Saigon. He gave some great anecdotes too. As well as a great artist, Alistair is also a really nice guy. He waited around to greet a long line of fans who all wanted their photos taken with him after the show. I really do hope that he will come back to play again.

Over the weekend we had our magical family pantomime, 'Aladdin'. Our cast of five local actors, Keith Lennox (Widow Twanky), Anna Wingerath (Aladdin), Charlotte Pask (Princess), Oliver Ravenhall (Narrator) and me as Abanazar/Genie - performed four shows over the two days to sell out audiences.

We got a lot of laughs, boos, chanting and shouting 'he's behind you' from children and adults alike. It was great script written by David Lovesy, Steve Clark and Damian Trasler of the Milton Keynes Theatre Of Comedy. We adapted the script as we rehearsed.

"I think we did tremendously well as we only started rehearsals the Tuesday before the show! We are very pleased with the outcome!"

On Bank holiday Monday we had Richard Digance with us. He gave us a fantastic intimate gig which included some new songs, some of his classics and of course the infamous audience participation! It was really fun night that we hope to recreate again.

Sadly, we are coming to the end of our run of outdoor theatre performances. But fear not, we do have one more show, which is 'Musicals in the Park' on Saturday 12th September. If you love musical theatre, then you will enjoy this. Created especially for The Arches Theatre, we have six West End artists performing a range of fast paced, high energy songs from well know musicals.

"We know you and your family will be
on your feet singing along!"

There's also a chance to join a West End dance workshop, which I think is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to get into the industry. Full details can be found by clicking here.

It's been a fantastic run so far. I am very proud of what we have achieved in just a short space of time.

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.