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The Arches Theatre: Ending The Run With A West End Spectacular!

Our summer season is very nearly over ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 08/09/2020 @ 8:00AM

I cannot believe that we are almost at the end of our 2020 summer theatre run. It has been an absolutely fantastic few weeks. We've thoroughly enjoyed hosting a range of live productions by some incredible artists ...

Enjoy over 90 minutes of the best show tunes at The Arches Theatre!

Enjoy over 90 minutes of the best show tunes at The Arches Theatre!

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We've welcomed many talented performers, enjoyed some interesting weather and hosted so many excited audience members through our gates. It has been rather special ... but it isn't over yet! We have one more live production coming to our outdoor theatre stage this weekend.

"We are very excited to have six West End artists perform a brand-new show that they have created especially for us called Musicals in the Park!"

For just over 90 minutes you will hear some of the best show tunes from the likes of Chicago, The Greatest Showman, Grease and more, plus see some amazing choreography from this cast of top singers and dancers.

Scott Coldwell, Lucy Dean, Whitney Martins, Adam Lyons, Natasha Mould and Alex Brown have not only performed on a West End stage, but they have also worked with the likes of Madonna, Rhianna, Take That, Rita Ora, Emma Bunton and the Strictly Come Dancing team. Expect a fun, high energy performance that will get you up singing and dancing.

If you have tickets, then you are in for a real treat! If you haven't, there is still time to get them at The Little Boxoffice website by clicking here and we look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

"Interested in hiring The Arches for 2021?"

We'd love to be able to extend our programme of live events this year, but sadly it's just not possible. The Arches Theatre, which is part of a disused railway line, are on a flood plain and towards the end of Autumn they can occasionally be found underwater! So, I don't think that would be too much fun unless we were putting on The Wind in the Willows.

We tend to run our schedule between August and mid-September to try and get the good summer weather. Although it wasn't always the case this year; we did get our fair share of wind and rain thanks to Storm Francis. But as always, the shows must go on.

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH

 
 



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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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