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How To Book The Arches Theatre For Summer 2021

Many exciting performances already booked ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 10/11/2020 @ 8:00AM

We are delighted to tell you that we are busy putting together our 2021 summer programme for the Arches Theatre, and we have already booked some exciting performances. We plan to open earlier than usual ...

We're busy planning summer 2021 at the Arches Theatre!

We're busy planning summer 2021 at the Arches Theatre!

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As everyone knows, this year has been terrible for the theatre industry. Throughout this summer we have done what we can to support the arts and its artists, sound and light engineers and more. We plan to continue doing our bit next summer and put on more fantastic productions.

We are in the process of booking dates for individuals who performed with us over the summer or were due to perform, but postponed due to Covid reasons!

We also have a number of local and national theatre companies/artists who are interested in hiring the Arches Theatre, so hopefully, we will be able to bring you some new and exciting shows. We're not announcing anything until next year, so you will just have to wait a little longer.

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After a pretty dismal year for the arts, I feel that we have great plans in the making at the Arches Theatre. 2021 is going to be a great year and I hope that you will be able to join us.

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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