The Arches Theatre: Buckinghamshire’s Quirkiest Outdoor Venue!
Our fourth summer season ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 08/06/2021 @ 8:00AM
The unique outdoor venue of the Arches Theatre takes its name from the four beautiful disused railway arches that are used to stage exciting live theatre and music performances over the summer months ...
The Arches Theatre is Buckinghamshire's quirkiest outdoor venue!
Situated in parkland next to the River Great Ouse in Clifton Reynes (near Olney) in the picturesque and peaceful Buckinghamshire countryside, we offer our guests a simple yet unique experience.
It doesn't get much better than sitting comfortably in an idyllic setting, watching a first-class live performance with friends and family, a homemade picnic and a cooled glass of your favourite tipple in hand. That is a truly blissful way to pass a summers evening.
"No London theatre prices either!"
The Arches Theatre is all about bringing an immersive, exciting and different experience to the rolling Buckinghamshire countryside, where our audience won't have to pay through the nose for it. We create a 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 and musicians that we know will just wow our audiences. There's something for everyone.
From Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes to the West End and ABBA, we ensure we have the right mix so there is something for everyone to enjoy. We kick our fourth summer season off on 24th July with an extremely exciting lineup.
Here's what we have in store:
Musicals in the Park (cast of West End artists) – 24th & 25th July
Cinderella (The Family Panto – cast of local performers) – 30th & 31st July
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Etcetera Theatre Company) – 5th to 7th August
The Hounds of the Baskerville (British Touring Shakespeare) – 14th August 3pm/7pm (SOLD OUT)
ABBA Sensation – 20th August (SOLD OUT)
Twelfth Night (Wet Mariners) – 21st August
Robin Hood (DOT Productions) – 22nd August
Jane Eyre (DOT Productions) – 22nd August
Ripping Yarns (Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy) – 26th to 28th August
Entertainment, excitement and escapism are what we all need after the year we've had, so why not treat yourself? Be whisked away for a few hours so you can have pure fun with your friends and family in an idyllic location in the (fingers crossed!) summer sunshine.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far and we look forward to seeing you all very soon.
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 the Arches Theatre, do give me a call on 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help you.
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.
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