The Arches Theatre: A Great Experience Awaits!
Come early with a picnic and Prosecco ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 29/12/2020 @ 8:00AM
At the Arches Theatre, we base your experience on the quirkiness of the venue, the beautiful backdrop of the limestone arches, the open-air stage in a peaceful and picturesque spot, and not forgetting the fantastic performances from our visiting theatre companies ...
The quirkiness of The Arches Theatre will assure you a great experience!
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For us, it is about creating that unique experience that you won’t get elsewhere within Buckinghamshire. We want to be the best, so we put on fantastic productions that will complement our venue. We work with theatre companies, both local and from further afield, that we know will just wow our audiences.
"Some plays may provide an immersive feel where actors run and meander through the audience, get you up and dancing (perhaps) and get you totally involved!"
To add to the experience, we encourage our audience to come early with a picnic and Prosecco (or whatever takes your fancy) and relax and soak up the atmosphere. More information on this coming very soon.
It doesn’t get much better than sitting comfortably in an idyllic and peaceful setting, watching a first-class live performance with friends and family, and a cooled glass of your favourite tipple in hand. A truly blissful way to pass a summers evening.
We hope that the intimate and magical setting of The Arches Theatre will be your annual summer treat!
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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