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The Arches Theatre: Help Us Make 2021 Even Better!

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Posted by David Pibworth on 20/10/2020 @ 8:00AM

We may have gone a little quiet right now, but that's only because we are working on a very exciting project. We are in the process of refreshing our branding and updating our website ...

2020 at the Arches Theatre was an excellent year, though 2021 will be better!

2020 at the Arches Theatre was an excellent year, though 2021 will be better!

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Over the next few weeks, we'll be taking down our current website and replacing it with a brand spanking new one with lots of great information about our 2021 live performance summer schedule. We're working behind the scenes to bring you some new additions to next year's look and feel of the venue.

"We really hope you're going to love them!"

We have already received some fantastic feedback and positive recommendations following this year's productions. If you have any feedback or comments that you'd like to share with us, please email Nicki directly at

We want you to return year after year, so we to hear about your experience with us. What did you enjoy? What would you like to see more of next year? It's important to us to not only host fantastic live theatre and music, but also give you an excellent customer experience. Your thoughts and opinions will only help us to improve our events, so please get in touch.

If you'd like to be the first to know when our new website is up and running, what performances we have planned for 2021 and when tickets go on sale, why not register to receive our newsletter? Head over to our current website and sign up! Check your email inbox (and junk mail just in case) and confirm that you are happy to receive a newsletter from us. And that's it!

We look forward to hearing from you.

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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