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Join Us For Some Much-loved Classic Plays This Summer

From Oscar Wilde to Bram Stoker ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 07/06/2022 @ 8:00AM

Just next month we will be opening The Arches Theatre, our quirky outdoor venue for seven weeks of exciting live theatre and music. We can't wait to welcome you for some classic plays ...

Join us for some much-loved classic plays this summer at the Arches Theatre!

Join us for some much-loved classic plays this summer at the Arches Theatre!

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Along with fantastic children's performances, a range of Shakespeare comedies and an eclectic music weekend, we also have three incredible theatre companies returning to our stage with their adaptions of well-known classics.

"First up on our outdoor stage from the 28th to the 30th of July, we have a local theatre company, Etcetera!"

The excellent cast will be performing Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' with a unique steampunk twist! Etcetera says, "Etc's vision of a steampunk setting for such an iconic 19th-century comedy may at first glance seem puzzling, but director Steve Brigden is confident the quirky twist will add an extra frisson to the entertainment." You can read more about it and purchase tickets by clicking here.

Next, we have the brilliant DOT Productions who will be performing the much-loved play 'Pygmalion', by George Bernard Shaw on 21st August. Phonetician Henry Higgins takes on a bet to transform the speech and manners of a cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, to pass her off as a Lady in just six months. Little does he know that it's not only Eliza's life that will be changed by their encounters.

"You may know it as the inspiration for the musical
and film My Fair Lady!"

As DOT Productions says, "Pygmalion explores the English class system with all of its petty attitudes and posturing. Full of wit and wisdom Shaw exposes the hollowness at the heart of that society, but it is not just about accents or class. It is about the battle of the sexes, of control!" Purchase tickets to Pygmalion here.

"Lastly, British Touring Shakespeare will take to our stage with their chilling new adaptation of Bram Stoker's gothic horror classic, Dracula!"

This adaptation captures the spirit of Bram Stoker's classic chiller and is definitely one to sink your teeth into. To add to the eeriness and suspense, Dracula will be performed in the evening on both the 27th and 28th of August. Purchase tickets to Dracula.

Some fantastic productions there to whet your outdoor theatre appetite. We have a jampacked schedule this summer with performances for everyone. Please do check out our What's On page for our full line up.

We hope to see you all next month.

Until next time ...



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If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about the Arches Theatre and our classic plays (or the entire season), it may be a great idea to give me a call on 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help.

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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.