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Posted by David Pibworth on 11/08/2020 @ 8:00AM

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 ...



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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.