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Indoor Theatres Are Reopening Again!

It's been incredibly tough ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 18/05/2021 @ 8:00AM

The last 14 months have been incredibly tough for the theatre industry and everyone in it. That is why we are ecstatic to have finally reached the 17th of May when indoor theatres can reopen ...

The last 14 months have been incredibly tough for the theatre industry and everyone in it!

The last 14 months have been incredibly tough for the theatre industry and everyone in it!

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Not only are West End performances returning this week, but so are more socially distanced shows at local theatres, including The Stables in Wavendon and The Royal and Derngate in Northampton.

"Of course, not all are opening, or able to open, just yet!"

Milton Keynes Theatre reopens on 26th June, Stantonbury Theatre after 31st July and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre plan for September. Until these wonderful venues both local and national are able to come alive again, please keep doing what you can to support them.

Here are our top 5 ways to support theatre:

  1. Book tickets

    With theatres opening there are lots of new performances to choose from. Why not start booking tickets or how about buying a Theatre Token, which can be used in 260 venues around the UK?

  2. Donate or sponsorship

    Have you ever thought about donating to charities supporting the industry or sponsoring your smaller theatres?

  3. Sign up to newsletters

    Sign up for your favourite theatre's newsletter to get hot off the press news and quite often, great deals. Our newsletter, The Arches+, gives you the news before anyone else and the opportunity to purchase tickets to our shows one week before they go on general sale! Sign up now for our 2022 season!

  4. Swap and not refund

    If a performance you were due to see has been cancelled, see if you can swap your tickets to another performance instead of getting a refund. Not only will the theatre keep your much-needed money, but you will also have something fantastic to look forward to.

Don't forget to stream shows online and donate where you can!

Tickets to our summer season are selling quickly. We have something for everyone to enjoy. From Cinderella and Robin Hood to Twelfth Night, Jane Eyre and Musicals in the Park, plus much more. Head over to our What's On page and book your tickets today. We open on 24th July, which is only nine weeks away.

We can't wait to have you all with us again this year.

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.