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Outdoor Theatres Are Coming Alive Again!

Our summer season goes ahead ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 14/07/2020 @ 8:00AM

Last week it was announced that outdoor theatres could reopen as early as the weekend of 11th July. Our open-air performances WILL be going ahead this August ...

Our Summer 2020 season will go ahead!

Our Summer 2020 season will go ahead!

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During lockdown, we continued to work hard behind the scenes to be ready for when this news arrived. We opened our outdoor theatre in August 2018 with the mission of bringing fantastic live theatre performed by local and professional visiting theatre groups, to local people at a fraction of the West End prices.

"So, this year it's been really important for us to find a way to ensure the shows can go on!"

It s been a tough few months for many of us, so we want to bring something fun and entertainment to The Arches Theatre that give people a new and different experience that they can enjoy in the open air. To celebrate outdoor theatres coming alive again, we have added to our August schedule.

Our programme now looks like this:

So, leesen verrry carefully, I will say this only wurnce!

Another piece of exciting news is that MKTOC has announced its cast for its stage adaptation of Allo Allo! There will be two different casts for each day. For those who know these local comedy legends and have seen their previous productions of this BBC comedy classic, you will see some familiar faces reprising their much-loved roles.

David Lovesy will once again take on the role of café owner Rene Artois, Steve Clark returns as the vowel-mangling Officer Crabtree and I, David Pibworth, will play the corrupt commandant, Colonel Von Strohm! If you have tickets for this performance, then you are in for a real treat.

All tickets are available now! With reduced seating due to socially distanced productions, tickets are selling quickly. So, grab yours while you still can.

We look forward to seeing you next month.

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.