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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 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.