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The Arches Theatre: Enjoy Pre-Show Picnics And Prosecco!

On an alfresco summers evening ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 16/06/2020 @ 8:00AM

Having celebrated World Gin Day on Saturday and getting ready to enjoy International Picnic Day on Thursday, it got us thinking about what to add to our hampers for our first outdoor production at The Arches Theatre ...

At The Arches Theatre, your welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy before the show!

At The Arches Theatre, your welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy before the show!

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Many of you have joined us at The Arches Theatre in recent years to pop open a bottle of Prosecco and enjoy a homemade picnic with friends before the shows started. We welcome you to do that again this year, so you can relax with a chilled glass of something and really soak up the atmosphere.

"Obviously, it will look a little different this year, but we still want to give you the full impact of a fantastic outdoor theatre experience!"

If you don't fancy making your own sandwiches, why not try one of the great cafes in Olney such as Sandwich Land on the Olney High Street? Alex and his team have a long list of delicious baguettes, pastries and cakes to tempt you with. It hasn't been confirmed if we will have a bar selling draught beer, wine and soft drinks, like we did last year. We will keep you updated on this.

If you choose not to join us for a picnic, you can still bring drinks and snacks to the performance. But just like any theatre, please make sure your food isn't too pungent or noisy to open! It's our priority to make this a great experience for everyone and memorable for all the right reasons.

"Whatever you decide to do, come along and enjoy your alfresco summer's evening with us and come back next year!"

All we need to do now is have our fingers crossed that we can still go ahead with The Wet Mariners production of 'The Merchant of Venice' on 15th August. Please note that BBQs, camping stoves or any form of fire are not permitted at the venue.

And as always with productions at The Arches Theatre, please drink responsibly.

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.