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Another Jam-packed Summer Of Live Theatre

Celebrating five years of The Arches ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 22/03/2022 @ 8:00AM

We are delighted to be opening the gates to our outdoor theatre on 21st July 2022, which will mark our fifth season of live music and entertainment at The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes, near Olney ...

The Last Baguette Theatre Company will be performing their family fun stage adaptation of King Arthur' this summer!

The Last Baguette Theatre Company will be performing their family fun stage adaptation of King Arthur' this summer!

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This year we are going bigger than we have gone before! Our 2022 open air theatre season is a whopping seven weeks long and it's filled with some of your favourite returning troupes, plus some new ones too. Each year we have grown our outdoor theatre season, which has enabled us to support even more professional and local theatre companies and musicians.

We are extremely proud of how far we have come, and we thank you all for supporting us and all the artists who have played and performed on our outdoor stage!

Our box office opened last week, and a huge number of tickets have been snapped up already. We are very excited to have ABBA Sensation, The Wet Mariners, DOT Productions, British Touring Shakespeare, Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy and Etcetera Theatre Company returning this summer to give us some more outstanding live performances.

New to our live theatre schedule is local musician, Dan Evans, who will be performing an intimate dulcimer and guitar concert, plus The Last Baguette Theatre Company with their family fun stage adaptation of 'King Arthur'.

Please head over to the What's On page of our website to see the full line up and to purchase tickets. We are still working with some troupes to get them onto our schedule, so there are some blanks in the season at the moment.

"We'll tell you more as soon as they have been confirmed!"

Before you make a purchase, please remember that we can't hold tickets and we don't offer refunds. We hope that you will be able to join us for another summer of fun and escapism at our picturesque outdoor theatre in Buckinghamshire.

Until next time ...



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If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about The Arches Theatre this summer, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help.

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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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