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Actor, Writer, Producer, Director

The Arches Theatre Is For Hire

Taking bookings for 2019 ...



After last week's magnificent opening performance, it's time to open it up formally. The Arches Theatre is now officially open for bookings ...

If you're interested in booking the Arches Theatre in 2019, get in touch.

If you're interested in booking the Arches Theatre in 2019, get in touch.

There is a possibility that one off and corporates events can be put on this year, up to the end of September, however, I think those putting on productions will be looking at 2019 now.

"The venue will be open from 1st August until 30th September each year. "

There are various reasons for this involving management of the land plus the weather, although I have worked out stretch tent requirements should it rain.

The Wet Mariners are coming back for one night for the opening of the 2019 season. This is by popular demand. Milton Keynes theatre of comedy will be producing a show on the week of the 12th to the 17th August and Etcetera Theatre are currently looking at one week during the period.

The rest of the 2-month window is open to others so please do contact me for prices and details plus a guided tour.

We need to be in touch with Olney Rugby club to check when they have music nights on as they are a stone's throw across the river and we won't open up dates when they have any music as the sound travels well and would affect anything at the Arches Theatre, but we can happily work alongside them as I'm a supporter.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to find out more about the Arches Theatre and are considering making a booking in 2019, then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...


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More 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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