We will be celebrating Shakespeare's birthday later this week on the 23rd of April. In the lead up to it, we wanted to introduce you to the two fabulous troupes who are each putting on one of his plays this summer at The Arches Theatre ...
The Etc Theatre Company performs A Midsummer Night's Dream from the 5th to 7th August at 8pm!
Two weeks ago, we introduced you to The Wet Mariners. They are performing 'Twelfth Night' on 21st August. Find out more by clicking here. This week, we have details about local group, etc Theatre Company, which will tell you a little bit more about the company and their forthcoming magical production.
"Perhaps one of Shakespeare's most loved comedies!"
A Midsummer Night's Dream regales the story of a feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest that cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddles with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations... with hilarious, but dark consequences.
Chief mischief-maker Puck is on hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything, but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare's most beguiling comedy.
etc theatre company formed in 2015 and is based in Milton Keynes. Productions have varied from drama such as "Witness for the Prosecution" to comedy with "A Bunch of Amateurs" and even an all singing and dancing production of "Spamalot". However, they have experience in performing Shakespeare with their 1930s version of "The Taming of the Shrew" in 2019.
Postponed from last year, the production boasts a cast of more than 20 actors drawn from the cream of local amateur talent!
What could be more perfect than to experience a Midsummer NIght's Dream in the open-air setting of the Arches Theatre? Performances are 5th to 7th August at 8pm. Tickets are available from www.etctheatre.co.uk or by calling them on 01908 377449.
If that has whetted your appetite for some great Shakespeare, then book tickets today.
Until next time ...
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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.
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