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Thank You To Everyone Who Has Made This Year Happen!

The Arches Theatre closes for another year ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 22/09/2020 @ 8:00AM

For this week's blog post, I wanted to send a huge thank you to everyone who has made The Arches Theatre come alive this summer. As you may know, The Arches Theatre is an independent outdoor venue in Clifton Reynes that is owned and managed by me, David Pibworth ...

Dispite the challenges, this year's season has turned out brilliantly!

Dispite the challenges, this year's season has turned out brilliantly!

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But the shows would not have gone on without the the incredible performers and theatre troupes who have acted, sang and danced on our stage this summer:

And, of course, the brilliant Arches Theatre team:

  • Juliet Pibworth

  • Mark Luckin

  • Neill Elliott

  • Dave Greenaway

  • Mac McCann

  • Steve Baldock

  • Nicki Probets

  • David Lovesy

  • Emily Thomas

  • Sean McDermott

  • Keith Lennox

  • Pam Buckle

  • Liz Buckle

  • Joy Dilnot

  • Natalie Stevenson

  • Paul Wheeler

  • John Dowell

  • Beth Stone

A big thank you also goes to:

  • The Willen Ice cream Company

  • Cervine Ltd (Portaloo's)

But of course, there are quite a few more people I need to thank! And that is every single audience member who came and watched a performance. We've been overwhelmed by the number of people who have supported not only The Arches, but also the artists during this difficult time. I know that there are many of you who have been to more than one show, and some of you who came to all six.

Without you we wouldn't have been able to put on this incredible schedule together. So, for that, thank you!

If you want to be the first to know about our 2021 summer theatre schedule and when tickets go on sale, why not sign up to our newsletter? Head over to our website and register there. Make sure you are following us on social media as well.

I hope to see you again next year.

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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