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The Arches Theatre: An Update On The Summer 2020 Season

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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 (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.