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Helping The Theatre Industry Back On Its Feet

And supporting our artists ...

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Tonight (Tuesday 11th August), many venues are joining forces once again in the 'Light it in Red' campaign to support theatres and entertainment venues in our fight for survival. We took part in the initiative in July ...

We are unable to join the Light It In Red campaign tonight, but we stand in solidarity with our fellow theatres and artists!

We are unable to join the Light It In Red campaign tonight, but we stand in solidarity with our fellow theatres and artists!

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We worked with the help of HDH Productions Limited who illuminated our Arches in 'emergency red' - the colour signifying 'standing by' in theatre, which many theatres have been doing since March. Unfortunately, we are unable to join the campaign tonight, but we stand in solidarity with our fellow theatres and artists who are also fighting for our industry.

"Indoor theatres continue to wait for timelines as to when
they can restart performances, as outdoor theatres have well
and truly gone live!"

In addition to the big outdoor theatres such as The Minack and Regents Park kicking off their productions, I've seen many artists putting together shows using park benches and a variety of open-air spaces. It just shows how desperate artists are to perform and get back to what they love to do the most. We, however, are one of the lucky few theatres who are able to reopen.

It's important to us to be able to continue supporting artists, both local and professional, now more than ever. We want to help our industry get back on its feet and enable artists to keep performing through these very tough times.

We are ecstatic to be able to open on Saturday 15th August with a range of performances on our outdoor stage offering something for everyone:

  • Kicking things off, we have two sold out performances of 'The Comedy of Errors' by The Wet Mariners.

  • On 22nd and 23rd August, local comedy troupe, Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy will be entertaining audiences with their sold out stage adaptation of 'Allo, 'Allo!

  • West End and Broadway star, Alistair Brammer, will be performing in his solo concert, 'A Night at the Musicals' on Thursday 27th August. Tickets are selling very quickly, so don't miss out.

  • Do you want a panto? Oh yes you do! Great - well we have 'Aladdin' our summer family panto on 29th and 30th August with a cast of four brilliant local actors.

  • BAFTA-nominated musician and comedian, Richard Digance, will be taking to our outdoor stage on 31st August with an intimate gig.

Hot off the press news! We do have one more production to announce, but we won't do that until tomorrow! So, you will just have to keep your eyes peeled on our social channels for full details.

We do hope that you will be able to join us at our quirky little theatre this month. We are a hidden gem in the Buckinghamshire countryside, so don't miss out on a great live experience.

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 the Light It In Red campaign and how you can support the theatre industry, do give me a call on 01234 241357, leave a comment below or click here to ping over an email and let's see how I can help you..

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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.