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The Arches Theatre: Another Season Comes To An End

What a great six weeks Summer 2022 has been ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 06/09/2022 @ 8:00AM

Summer 2022 at The Arches Theatre has been our biggest so far, with 10 theatre companies and musicians taking to our outdoor stage to perform 12 different productions for over 1,000 theatregoers. We were lucky with the weather too ...

What a great six weeks Summer 2022 has been and we look forward to seeing you again in July 2023!

What a great six weeks Summer 2022 has been and we look forward to seeing you again in July 2023!

copyright: the arches theatre / pjb photography

A huge thank you to the following for their sensational theatre and music productions:

  • The Last Baguette

  • The Shakespeare Circus

  • Etcetera Theatre Company

  • ABBA Sensation

  • Richard Digance and The Bolivian Sunshine Dogs

  • Dan Evans

  • The Wet Mariners

  • DOT Productions

  • British Touring Shakespeare

  • Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy

We'll be sharing photographs taken by the brilliant Philip Barnett of PJB Photography on our social channels and on our website very soon, so please make sure you are following us (We're @archestheatre on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) so you don't miss out!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last few weeks and joined us for one or more productions. It was great having you with us and we hope that you enjoyed your live theatre experience with us at our quirky venue.

"Thank you to our wonderful Front of House volunteers and all those who helped us bring the theatre alive!"

As a small, independent outdoor theatre your support is greatly appreciated. It allows us to continue bringing new, local, and professional theatre and music to our local community for everyone to enjoy. We are all about bringing an immersive, exciting and different experience to our outdoor theatre, where our audience won't have to pay through the nose for it. We aim to create a unique experience that you won't get elsewhere within Buckinghamshire.

We're going to take a short break now before we make a start on our 2023 summer season. We have lots of exciting plans in the pipeline already, so if you want to be the first to know about our 2023 summer season, theatre news and other updates, make sure you have registered to receive our newsletter, The Arches+.

Not only will you find out our plans, but you will also have a one-week window to purchase your tickets before they go on general sale. Thank you again for all your support.

We look forward to seeing you all again in July 2023.

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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