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Introducing The Arches Theatre!

Buckinghamshire's quirkiest open-air theatre ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 24/11/2020 @ 8:00AM

For those of you who don't know who we are, we are The Arches Theatre, which is Buckinghamshire's quirkiest open-air theatre. Our unique outdoor venue takes its name from the four beautiful disused railway arches, that are used to stage exciting live theatre and music performances over the summer months ...

The Arches Theatre is situated in parkland next to the Great Ouse in Clifton Reynes!

The Arches Theatre is situated in parkland next to the Great Ouse in Clifton Reynes!

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From fantastic local productions and professional Shakespeare performances to solo musicians and West End musical theatre shows, we ensure there is something for everyone.

Situated in parkland next to the River Great Ouse in Clifton Reynes (near Olney) in the picturesque and peaceful Buckinghamshire countryside, we offer our guests a simple yet unique experience.

It doesn't get much better than sitting comfortably in an idyllic setting, watching a first-class live performance with friends and family, a homemade picnic and a cooled glass of your favourite tipple in hand.

"That is a truly blissful way to pass a summers evening!"

It was important for us to bring this immersive, exciting and different experience to the rolling Buckinghamshire countryside, where our audience won't have to pay through the nose for it. We are now coming into our fourth season having had three highly successful summers.

This year we were incredibly lucky to be able to open, so we decided to extend our run to support as many artists as we could during this tremendously tough time for the theatre industry.

We were fortunate enough to host West End musical theatre performers including Alistair Brammer (Miss Saigon and Wicked) and our Musicals in the Park cast straight from the London stage - Scott Caldwell, Lucy Dean, Adam Lyons, Whitney Dean, Alex Brown and Natasha Mould.

We also had BAFTA-nominated musician Richard Digance with us as well as staging a variety of plays from both professional and local theatre companies, including The Wet Mariners, Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy and The Arches' very own panto cast.

We are so grateful to all the wonderful audience members who supported not only us, but the incredible acts who chose to work with us and put on amazing productions!

We are hugely proud of our achievements and are now working incredibly hard behind the scenes to bring more exciting shows to our outdoor stage in 2021. Recently we announced one of next year's acts... take a look at last week's blog to find out more! We will announce more in the new year.

We hope that you will be able to join us next year.

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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