What a beautiful long weekend we've had of fabulous warm weather and sunshine. These are the perfect conditions for outdoor theatre, so let's hope it sticks around for our seven weeks of live outdoor theatre this summer ...
Don't forget to bring a picnic to enjoy before the show!
But, living here in England, you never know what weather you are going to get. So, that is why when you come to The Arches this summer you need to be prepared for every eventuality. We want to make sure you have the best time with us, and it is a memorable experience for all the right reasons.
We certainly don't want the changeable British weather to stop you from visiting or putting a damper on your time with us, so with that in mind, we have devised a little list of all the things that we think you may need to bring with you. Here goes ...
Tickets (via your phone)
Chair (this is imperative as this is what you will be sitting in to watch the performance!)
Torch (for returning to your car after an evening performance
Other items we recommend you bring:
Picnics to enjoy before the show (BBQ's or any form of fire are not permitted)
Drinks (alcoholic or 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)
Wellies/cagoule/raincoat (if it does decide to rain!)
Camera (to take some great pictures of before, during and after the performance)
Plastic bag (there will be bin bags available, but we ask that you are responsible for your rubbish and ideally take it home with you!)
Please note, that in respect to other audience members umbrellas during the performance are not permitted if it rains.
For more information on your visit, please see our Your Visit page. The shows will go on at The Arches Theatre whatever the weather so be sure to come prepared. The decision to cancel a performance due to the weather is made at our discretion. Refunds are only given if a performance is cancelled.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you all to our outdoor theatre and we hope you are excited about the unique experience that awaits you. Visit our Box Office to see our full lineup.
Until next time ...
Would you like to know more?
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about our summer season at The Arches Theatre, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help.
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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