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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 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.