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If You're Coming To The Arches Theatre, Don’t Forget Your Chair!

It's the little things that make your experience better ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 06/07/2021 @ 8:00AM

If you are joining us this summer at our quirky outdoor theatre, we have put together a list of all the things you might want to bring with you. We want to make sure you are fully prepared to enjoy a fantastic experience with us ...

There's a whole host of things you need to bring if you're visiting the Arches Theatre this summer!

There's a whole host of things you need to bring if you're visiting the Arches Theatre this summer!

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With us kicking off our outdoor theatre summer season in just under three weeks' time, you still have time to get organised. Here's what you need:

  • Essential items:

    • Tickets (via your phone)

    • Chair (this is imperative! As this is what you will be sitting in to watch the performance! Make sure it's a comfy one!)

    • Torch (for returning to your car/home after the performance)

  • Other items we recommend you bring:

    • Mask/Hand sanitiser

    • Picnic (BBQ's or any form of fire are not permitted)

    • Picnic blanket

    • Drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic – your choice!)

    • Sun cream

    • Sun hat

    • Cardigan/jumper/blanket (it can get quite chilly at The Arches once the sun starts to set)

    • Camera (to take some great pictures of before, during and after the performance)

    • Plastic bag (there will be bin bags available, but we ask that you are responsible for your rubbish and ideally take it home with you!)

We're all hoping for a perfect summer's day, but we need to be prepared for all eventualities. Who knows what weather we're going to get living in England? So, if it is raining, or just to be completely prepared:

  • Wellies (if the ground is particularly wet)

  • Cagoule/raincoat

Please note, that with respect to other audience members umbrellas during the performance are not permitted. The entire Arches Theatre is uncovered so you will want to come prepared.

Have we left anything vital off the list? If you think we have then please do let us know. For more information on your visit, please look at our Your Visit page on our website.

We can't wait to see you all very soon.

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.