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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 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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