Kicking off our theatre season on the 27th to the 29th of July we have a new theatre company, Underneath The Arches, who'll be staging the hilarious comedy spy thriller, 'The 39 Steps'. A cast of only four actors - David Pibworth, Charlotte Pask, David Mander and Tim Jackson-Waite will be taking on over multiple roles between them!
"A fast-paced whodunit and laughs a minute guaranteed!"
British Touring Shakespeare return for the third year with another excellent offering from The Bard, 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Join this professional theatre company on the 5th of August for their hilarious new adaptations of one of Shakespeare's best-loved romantic comedies.
Debuting on our outdoor stage on the 11th of August, we have Shades of Simon. This 5-piece band will present their highly acclaimed theatre show in tribute to Paul Simon in 'The Paul Simon Story'. With an engaging narration, exceptional musicianship and authentic renditions of the best of his songs from Simon and Garfunkel through to Graceland, this is a show that appeals to all generations.
Next up we have the brilliant The Last Baguette with their riotous and ridiculous retelling of 'Pandora's Box Jar', which is perfect for all the family! A gallop through Greek mythology featuring goofy gods, hilarious heroines and daft deities. Join the Baguettes as they lift the lid on this classic myth with physical comedy, visual storytelling, live music, un-Apollo-getically bad puns and lo-fi special effects. If you caught their production of King Arthur last year, then you know you are in for a lot of fun and laughter!
"DOT Productions are back with two more fabulous productions!"
Their new adaptation of 'Alice in Wonderland' takes you on an adventure into Wonderland to meet all the characters we know and love; The Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter ... even The Queen of Hearts. Expect lots of fun and after this performance, you'll not want to leave Wonderland! Ideal for children of all ages.
DOT will also perform their new adaptation of Jane Austen's Final novel 'Persuasion'. Follow the story of Anne Elliot persuaded by friends and family to end her engagement to Frederick Wentworth. Seven years later over many humorous encounters, they meet again. Will they once again be persuaded to stay apart or will love conquer all? Told in their renowned style and bound to delight all Austen Fans.
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about arches theatre, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 07879 414110 or 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help.
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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