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The Arches Theatre: Great Expectations

Who's been to an outdoor theatre before?

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There are so many wonderful outdoor theatres in the UK, including The Minack in Cornwall, Regents Park in London, Grosvenor Park in Chester and The Willow Globe in Powys, Wales, home to The Wet Mariners ...

We have great expectations for the Arches Theatre this summer!

We have great expectations for the Arches Theatre this summer!

Each have their own identity and quirkiness, but all encompass this wonderful alfresco culture and experience loved by so many. In my mind, one of the best and most unique outdoor theatres sits right here in the rolling Buckinghamshire countryside.

"We have aimed to make The Arches Theatre an intimate and magical setting that'll be your annual summer treat!"

We want to be the best so we put on fantastic productions that will complement our venue; and we work with theatre companies, both local and from further afield, that we know will just wow our audiences. For us, it is about creating that unique experience that you won't get elsewhere.

It doesn't get much better than sitting comfortably in an idyllic and peaceful setting, watching a first-class live performance with friends and family, and a cooled glass of your favourite tipple in hand. The summer sun slowly sets, shedding warmth on your back and an orangey glow on the elegant arches before you ... a truly blissful way to pass a summers evening.

"Doesn't that sound fantastic? Our tickets are reasonably priced too, at just £15 per person with no hidden fees!"

To add to the experience, we encourage our audience to come early with a picnic and Prosecco (or whatever takes your fancy) and relax and soak up the atmosphere. This also takes that additional cost out of sky-high theatre drinks prices!

I spoke about the beautiful sunsets earlier. We may have had glorious weather last year, but of course, being in the UK you cannot guarantee we'll get it again. However, the show will go on come rain or shine, so make sure you pack for every eventuality!

I will put a little checklist together nearer the time on what to bring as we want you to have a memorable evening for all the right reasons. We don't want you to forget your cardigan and be cold and disappointed during the second half!

We can't wait to show you our outdoor theatre! It really is our little hidden gem! Have you got your tickets? What production are you most looking forward to? Visit to book your tickets for this year's season.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.