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Live Music Weekend At The Arches This Summer

Some amazing artists return ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 26/04/2022 @ 8:00AM

We are delighted to announce our exciting weekend of live music at our outdoor theatre this August. From much-loved '70s pop and a BAFTA nominated entertainer to a world-renowned British musician and local bands, we bring together an eclectic range of music that offers something for everyone ...

Richard Digance will be joining us for our live music weekend!

Richard Digance will be joining us for our live music weekend!

copyright: richard digance / the arches theatre

ABBA Sensation returns this summer to kick things off on Friday the 12th of August. Become the ultimate Dancing Queen by getting your disco gear on and joining this phenomenal ABBA tribute band for an evening of live classics and high energy fun. ABBA Sensation will have you on your feet and singing along from the moment they step onto the stage.

"Experience ABBA like you never have before!"

BAFTA-nominated musician, Richard Digance, also returns for another year on Saturday the 13th of August with an evening of fun, laughter and ingenious comedy folk music. Expect to hear entertaining stories and nostalgic songs for you to of course join in with. As a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Songwriters, Richard is the very best at what he does.

Richard will be joined by a variety of local bands (TBC), including Arches' owner, David Pibworth, and his band The Bolivian Sunshine Dogs, a nine-piece comedy jazz band! This is an evening not to be missed.

Closing the weekend, we have world-renowned British dulcimer player, guitarist and composer, Dan Evans, who will be performing on Sunday the 14th of August with an intimate concert of dulcimer and guitar music and song. As a stylish guitarist and master of his instruments, don't miss this classical concert experience at our beautiful outdoor theatre.

"So, that is the line-up for our live music weekend for 2022!"

We hope there is something there that you will come and enjoy with us. This year we have chosen to hold our live music performances in just one weekend. This is because the vision for The Arches Theatre has always been to host live theatre productions. When the pandemic occurred, we wanted to help as many artists as possible to perform during very difficult times for the arts industry. This is where we introduced music and dance performances.

We still want to include music in our lineup each year, but it will now be held over one weekend. The date for your diary this year is the 12th to the 14th of August 2022 and tickets are selling quickly via our Box Office.

We hope you are able to join us this summer.

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.