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Coronavirus And The Arches Theatre 2020 Season

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Posted by David Pibworth on 24/03/2020 @ 8:00AM

I hope that this blog post finds you and your family well. At this extremely turbulent time where Coronavirus is sadly affecting many lives and businesses, we at The Arches Theatre are also very unsure of the future and what will happen to our little theatre ...

We will do whatever we can to keep the shows going at the Arches Theatre this August and September!

We will do whatever we can to keep the shows going at the Arches Theatre this August and September!

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You will have seen that there's been a huge hit to the entertainment and theatre industry, with both Broadway and the West End closing their doors for the foreseeable future. It is an absolute travesty to the industry, the actors and everyone behind the scenes.

"But it is something that must happen to stop
the spread of this terrible virus!"

It is so difficult to know what to do at this time. But right now, we are thinking positive and we are continuing to plough ahead with our plans to bring you three fantastic performances to our outdoor theatre this August and September. We are ever hopeful that the shows will go on.

We will, of course, be following the news and updates over the coming days/weeks/months and make an informed decision nearer the time. We will keep you and our ticket holders up to date with our plans. I think by August we are all going to need something to lift our spirits, and the Arches Theatre truly is the perfect place to do just that.

If you'd like to find out more about our theatre and the shows that we will be staging at our quirky outdoor theatre, please take a look at our website and to get an idea of what is in store at The Arches, why not watch the fantastic video of The Wet Mariners production of Romeo and Juliet, created by Steffi at SLO Media.

Until next time ...



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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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