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Preparations For The Arches Theatre In 2020

Full steam ahead ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 14/01/2020 @ 8:00AM

We are very excited to bring you another fantastic schedule for our unique open-air theatre in Clifton Reynes this summer. We already have a handful of amazing productions booked into The Arches Theatre for August and early September, with more in the pipeline ...

We've got some great productions coming to The Arches Theatre in 2020!

We've got some great productions coming to The Arches Theatre in 2020!

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We will be announcing further information very soon, so please do keep checking back to The Arches website and our social media channels. For those of you signed up to our newsletter, you will be the first to know! Why not sign up and get our news before everyone else?

"Are you part of a theatre group looking for a quirky space to hold a performance this summer?"

The Arches Theatre could be the stage you are looking for. Whether you are amateur, professional, specialists in children's theatre etc; we would love to hear your plans to see if we could help bring your production to our outdoor stage. We now only have a few dates available in mid to late August. If you are interested in finding out more about our theatre and how we could work together, please get in touch as soon as possible.

And if you are looking for a beautiful location for filming or photography, then look no further. The Arches Theatre is a unique space made up of four beautiful arches built in 1872, which were once part of the Midland Railway's Bedford to Northampton railway line.

The venue is located in idyllic parkland next to the River Great Ouse just outside Olney, Milton Keynes.

The location and beautiful venue are the perfect backdrops for any film or photography shoot.

Please take a look at our gallery for further images of The Arches as well as some aerial footage and contact us if you would like more information.

We look forward to having you with us at The Arches Theatre again this summer!

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


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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