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The Arches Theatre: 2022 Summer Schedule Coming Soon!

Live outdoor theatre is back ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 04/01/2022 @ 8:00AM

Live outdoor theatre is back at The Arches Theatre this July, August and September. We're in the process of pulling together another very exciting open-air theatre schedule for this summer, which is coming along very nicely ...

Join our Front of House Team and be part of The Arches Theatre this summer!

Join our Front of House Team and be part of The Arches Theatre this summer!

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We have a number of our favourite artists returning from previous years, plus we have some incredible brand-new acts coming to take over our outdoor theatre stage. As always, there will be something for everyone.

We will be announcing our summer theatre schedule in the coming months, but please keep your eyes peeled on both our website and social media channels for full details!

Want to be the first to know? Sign up to the Arches+ newsletter to not only find out what's on at The Arches Theatre before anyone else, but also have a one-week window to purchase tickets to our outdoor theatre before they go on general sale.

"Get involved!"

Join our Front of House Team and be part of the open-air theatre action this summer. We are looking for a band of volunteers to assist us on show days. There are a few perks to the role too such as watching amazing live theatre for free plus receiving complimentary food and drink!

We are an extremely small team here at The Arches Theatre, so any help with car parking duties, seating guests and more would be gratefully received!

The countdown is officially on.

Until next time ...



Would you like to know more?

If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about Summer 2022 at The Arches Theatre, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help you.

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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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