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The Arches Theatre: Exciting News Coming In The New Year!

We can't wait to tell you more ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 06/12/2022 @ 8:00AM

It's that time of year again, where not only is Christmas just around the corner and we are all getting into the festive spirit, but also, we are counting down the days to when we can share some very exciting Arches Theatre news with you ...

The Arches Theatre team are working very hard to bring our audiences another great summer of incredible outdoor theatre and music!

The Arches Theatre team are working very hard to bring our audiences another great summer of incredible outdoor theatre and music!

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In the new year, we will be sending out our full summer 2023 outdoor theatre schedule to all our Arches+ newsletter recipients. They will be the first to find out which theatre and music productions will be taking to our outdoor stage near Olney next July.

"They will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on general sale!"

We have another jampacked season for you at our quirky open-air theatre, with both returning and new theatre troupes and musicians joining us. As always, there will be something for everyone.

The team here are working very hard to bring our local audiences another great summer of incredible outdoor theatre and music. We want to make our little hidden gem the go-to place each summer for theatregoers and music lovers in Buckinghamshire.

If you'd like to join the Arches+ and receive regular newsletters about what's on at our outdoor theatre venue each summer, then please sign up today. You won't be inundated with information, but will receive all you need to know about what's on at The Arches each summer.

We can't wait to tell you more about our plans.

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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