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Another Magical Weekend At The Arches Theatre

It really was a Midsummer Night's Dream ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 10/08/2021 @ 8:00AM

Congratulations to the cast and crew of ETC Theatre Company and Director Paul Wheeler, for a fantastic run of magical live performances of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' this weekend at the Arches Theatre. We'll be sharing some of our photographs from the show, so look out for those ...

It really was a Midsummer Night's Dream at the Arches Theatre this weekend!

It really was a Midsummer Night's Dream at the Arches Theatre this weekend!

copyright: brian tomlinson photography

As one weekend closes, it's time for us to start looking ahead to next weekend and what is coming up on our summer schedule of live theatre and music:

  • Friday 13th August @ 8pm - For all you musical theatre fans, we have the very best of the West End returning to our outdoor stage. Alistair Brammer (Miss Saigon, Wicked, War Horse) will perform his concert 'The Magic of Musical Theatre' for one night only with his special guest Nikki Bentley (Wicked) who also hails from Milton Keynes!

  • Saturday 14th August @ 3pm - The brilliant British Touring Shakespeare debuts at The Arches with their adaptation of 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles'. This innovative production of this classic tale will make for an unforgettable evening of open-air theatre that promises to enthral audiences of all ages. The evening performance has already sold out. Matinee tickets only available.

Book your tickets today for these performances, and be prepared for an incredible outdoor experience with us this summer. At the moment, the weather for next weekend looks great. But as you know living in England, this can all change!

We want to ensure you are prepared to have a fantastic experience, so we have put a list of items you might want to bring with you. These are essential items:

  • Tickets (via your phone)

  • Chair (this is imperative! As this is what you will be sitting in to watch the performance! Make sure it's a comfy one!)

  • Torch (for returning to your car/home after the performance)

Other items we recommend you bring:

  • Mask/Hand sanitiser

  • Picnic (BBQ's or any form of fire are not permitted)

  • Picnic blanket

  • Drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic - your choice!)

  • Sun cream

  • Sun hat

  • Cardigan/jumper/blanket (it can get quite chilly at The Arches once the sun starts to set)

  • Camera (to take some great pictures of before, during and after the performance.)

  • Plastic bag (there will be bin bags available, but please ideally take it home with you!)

So, if it is raining, or just to be completely prepared:

  • Wellies (if the ground is particularly wet)

  • Cagoule/raincoat

Please note, that with respect to other audience members umbrellas during the performance are not permitted and the entire Arches Theatre is uncovered so you will want to come prepared.

For more information on your visit, please look at our Your Visit page.

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.