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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 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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