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The Arches Theatre: An Update On The Summer 2020 Season

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Posted by David Pibworth on 19/05/2020 @ 8:00AM

This week I wanted to give you an update on the Arches Theatre's summer productions schedule. We're working hard to put on these shows for you, but we must ensure we are following the correct social distancing guidelines to keep our team, theatre troupes and audience safe ...

We're looking forward to seeing you at The Arches Theatre this summer!

We're looking forward to seeing you at The Arches Theatre this summer!

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With everything we are currently experiencing, we want to give you something to look forward to when we can socialise again. You can't go wrong with exciting live entertainment, fun and escapism in a beautiful, outdoor setting.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Etcetera Theatre Company (ETC)

    It is with a heavy heart that ETC will be postponing their adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', which was due to kick off on 6th August at The Arches Theatre. We will let you know the new date for 2021 in due course. In the meantime, Director John Drinkwater will be getting in touch with all ticket holders to either offer refunds or roll your tickets over to the new date.

  • The Merchant of Venice - The Wet Mariners

    The Wet Mariners will continue with their two performances of 'A Merchant of Venice' on Saturday 15th August. This is all based on if the Government say we are allowed to open. The Mariners will rearrange the show to take into consideration social distancing, ensuring both the troupe and our audience members remain safe. As soon as we know whether we will be going ahead with this production or not, we will contact all ticket holders individually.

  • Allo Allo! - Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC)

    We are speaking with MKTOC about their September performance of 'Allo 'Allo! We will be able to give you an update very soon.

Tickets are available via and if you purchase tickets for a show and it is postponed, your tickets will automatically be valid for the new date.

"Whether it is this summer or next, we hope you are able to join us and experience the magic of Buckinghamshire's quirkiest outdoor theatre!"

To end with, if you follow the Wet Mariners on Instagram (@wetmariners) you may have seen their fun adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' or in this case 'A Midsummer Night's Stream'. The entire play was performed live in isolation and the final performance can be found here on YouTube. Enjoy.

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.